Definition of bawley in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbɔːli/

noun (plural bawleys)

A fishing smack of a kind formerly used on the coasts of Essex and Kent.
Example sentences
  • It was a wonderful sight to see 21 smacks and bawleys go off, followed half an hour later by 9 barges.
  • He knew the smacks, bawleys and barges, and had sailed aboard most boats suited to the tidal waters.
  • There are still a few of these bawleys on the East Coast, mostly now used for charter.


Late 19th century: of unknown origin.

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