Definition of catboat in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkatbəʊt/


A sailing boat with a single mast placed well forward and carrying only one sail.
Example sentences
  • For these sailors, catboats offer one of the simplest of all sailing rigs to manage.
  • The Nonsuch is no typical catboat below the waterline, and if you are familiar with the considerable weather helm common to most Cape Cod catboats, you will be pleasantly surprised.
  • The open sea blows huge out there, white circles curling on the crest of waves like eyes that notice momentarily our piece of shore-a rocking catboat, mangroves, an egret hunkered on a post.


Mid 19th century: perhaps from cat (denoting a type of merchant ship formerly used in the coal and timber trades in NE England) + boat.

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