Definition of yawl in English:

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Pronunciation: /yôl/


1A two-masted fore-and-aft-rigged sailboat with the mizzenmast stepped far aft so that the mizzen boom overhangs the stern.
Example sentences
  • He was an inspiration to those who wished to get out and sail in the yawl but were seeking the courage to do so.
  • That objective had been achieved with over twenty yawls now sailing in Achill.
  • Have you been in a place where trends are announced through a yawl's foghorn?
1.1 historical A ship’s jolly boat with four or six oars.
Example sentences
  • Yawls had a single mast, and could also be rowed with four or six oars. They were most commonly used to carry ship’s stores and provisions.


Late 16th century: from Middle Low German jolle or Dutch jol, of unknown origin; compare with jolly2.

Words that rhyme with yawl

all, appal (US appall), awl, Bacall, ball, bawl, befall, Bengal, brawl, call, caul, crawl, Donegal, drawl, drywall, enthral (US enthrall), fall, forestall, gall, Galle, Gaul, hall, haul, maul, miaul, miscall, Montreal, Naipaul, Nepal, orle, pall, Paul, pawl, Saul, schorl, scrawl, seawall, Senegal, shawl, small, sprawl, squall, stall, stonewall, tall, thrall, trawl, wall, waul, wherewithal, withal

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Syllabification: yawl

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