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1. A two-masted fore-and-aft-rigged sailing vessel similar to the ketch but having a smaller jigger- or mizzenmast stepped abaft the rudder. Also called dandy.
2. A ship's small boat, crewed by rowers.
[Dutch jol, possibly from Low German jolle.]
1. (Nautical Terms) a two-masted sailing vessel, rigged fore-and-aft, with a large mainmast and a small mizzenmast stepped aft of the rudderpost. Compare ketch, sloop
2. (Nautical Terms) a ship's small boat, usually rowed by four or six oars
[C17: from Dutch jol or Middle Low German jolle, of unknown origin]
(intr) dialect Brit to howl, weep, or scream harshly; yowl
[C14: from Low German jaulen; see yowl]
1. a ship's small boat, rowed by a crew of four or six.
2. a two-masted, fore-and-aft-rigged sailing vessel having a large mainmast and a smaller jiggermast or mizzenmast stepped abaft the sternpost. Compare ketch.
[1660–70; < Dutch jol]
Past participle: yawled
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|Noun||1.||yawl - a ship's small boat (usually rowed by 4 or 6 oars)|
small boat - a boat that is small
|2.||yawl - a sailing vessel with two masts; a small mizzen is aft of the rudderpost|
|Verb||1.||yawl - emit long loud cries; "wail in self-pity"; "howl with sorrow"|
cry, scream, shout out, yell, squall, shout, holler, hollo, call - utter a sudden loud cry; "she cried with pain when the doctor inserted the needle"; "I yelled to her from the window but she couldn't hear me"