Jolly-boat Jol"ly-boat` (j[o^]l"l[y^]*b[=o]t`), n. [A corruption of Dan. jolle yawl, or of D. jol yawl + E. boat. See {Yawl} the boat.] (Naut.) A boat of medium size belonging to a ship. [1913 Webster]

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  • jolly boat — n. [< MDu jolle, yawl + BOAT] a sailing vessel s small boat, usually carried on the stern …   English World dictionary

  • jolly boat — 1727, of unknown origin, probably from Dan. jolle (17c.) or Du. jol (1680s), both related to yawl; or it may be from M.E. jolywat (late 15c.) a ship s small boat, of unknown origin …   Etymology dictionary

  • jolly boat — (izg. džòli bȏut) m DEFINICIJA pom. 1. mali brodski teretni čamac što ga jedrenjaci vuku iza krme 2. sport mala sportska jedrilica za natjecanje u zatvorenim vodama ETIMOLOGIJA engl …   Hrvatski jezični portal

  • jolly boat — noun a yawl used by a ship s sailors for general work • Syn: ↑jolly • Hypernyms: ↑yawl * * * ˈjälē noun or jolly ( es) Etymology …   Useful english dictionary

  • jolly boat — jol′ly boat n. naut. navig. a light boat carried at the stern of a sailing vessel • Etymology: 1720–30; jolly < Dan jolle yawl …   From formal English to slang

  • jolly boat — 1. a light boat carried at the stern of a sailing vessel. 2. a small pleasure sailboat for use in sheltered waters. [1720 30; jolly < Dan jolle YAWL] * * * …   Universalium

  • jolly boat — noun Etymology: origin unknown Date: circa 1741 a ship s boat of medium size used for general purpose work …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • jolly boat — a small boat hoisted at a ship s stern and use as a workboat in harbours. From the Dutch jolle, meaning a small yawl …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • jolly boat — noun A type of ships boat of the 18th and 19th centuries, used mainly to ferry personnel to and from the ship …   Wiktionary

  • jolly-boat — /ˈdʒɒli boʊt/ (say jolee boht) noun a ship s work boat, smaller than a cutter, hoisted at the stern of a sailing vessel for handy use …   Australian English dictionary