Definitions for yawlyɔl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. a ship's small boat, rowed by a crew of four or six.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

  2. a two-masted, fore-and-aft-rigged sailing vessel having a large mainmast and a smaller jiggermast or mizzenmast stepped abaft the sternpost.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

    Ref: Compare ketch.

Origin of yawl:

1660–70; < D jol

Princeton's WordNet

  1. yawl(noun)

    a ship's small boat (usually rowed by 4 or 6 oars)

  2. yawl, dandy(verb)

    a sailing vessel with two masts; a small mizzen is aft of the rudderpost

  3. howl, ululate, wail, roar, yawl, yaup(verb)

    emit long loud cries

    "wail in self-pity"; "howl with sorrow"


  1. yawl(Noun)

    A small ship's boat, usually rowed by four or six oars.

  2. yawl(Noun)

    A fore and aft rigged sailing vessel with two masts, main and mizzen, the mizzen stepped abaft the rudder post.

  3. yawl(Verb)

    To cry out; to howl;

  4. Origin: Apparently from jolle or Dutch jol.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Yawl(noun)

    a small ship's boat, usually rowed by four or six oars

  2. Yawl(verb)

    to cry out like a dog or cat; to howl; to yell


  1. Yawl

    A yawl is a two-masted sailing craft similar to a sloop or cutter but with an additional mast located well aft of the main mast, often right on the transom, specifically aft of the rudder post. The mizzen sail is hoisted on the mizzen mast. The yawl was originally developed as a rig for commercial fishing boats, one good example of this being the Salcombe Yawl. In its heyday, the rig was particularly popular with single-handed sailors, such as circumnavigators Harry Pidgeon and Francis Chichester. This was due to the ability of a yawl to be trimmed to sail without rudder input. Modern self-steering and navigation aids have made this less important, and the yawl has generally fallen out of favor. In the 1950s and 60s, yawls were developed for ocean racing, to take advantage of the handicapping rule that did not penalize them for flying a mizzen staysail, which on long ocean races, often downwind, were a great advantage. A good example of this was Olin Stephens' Finisterre.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. YAWL

    Either the shape of a boat or the sound of a cat, but never a cat-boat.

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