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Syllabification: yawl
Pronunciation: /yôl

Definition of yawl in English:


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.

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