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bumboat

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Pronunciation: /ˈbʌmbəʊt
 
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Definition of bumboat in English:

noun

A small vessel carrying provisions for sale to moored or anchored ships.
Example sentences
  • At that time, sailors relied on bumboats for their daily needs.
  • Those seeking a different experience altogether can visit the island of Pulau Ubin, which is reached by hiring a bumboat from the piers at Changi.
  • Today, tourists cruise the Singapore River in bumboats while water-skiers zig - zag down the Kallang.

Origin

late 17th century: from bum2 + boat. The term originally denoted a scavenger's boat removing ships' refuse, often also bringing produce for sale.

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