Definitions for jolly boat
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a light boat carried at the stern of a sailing vessel.
Category: Nautical, Navy
Origin of jolly boat:
1720–30; jolly < Dan jolleyawl
jolly boat, jolly(noun)
a yawl used by a ship's sailors for general work
A type of ship's boat of the 18th and 19th centuries, used mainly to ferry personnel to and from the ship.