Definition of bumboat in English:


Syllabification: bum·boat
Pronunciation: /ˈbəmˌbōt


  • A small vessel carrying provisions for sale to ships in port.
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    • 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.


late 17th century: from bum1 + boat. The term originally denoted a scavenger's boat removing refuse, etc., from ships, often also bringing produce for sale.

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