Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A broad-beamed sailboat carrying a single sail on a mast stepped well forward and often fitted with a centerboard.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A sailing boat with a single sail, usually rigged on a gaff spar, used for fishing in New England and later adapted for racing and cruising. Catboats can be recognized by a single mast set near to the bow and a long boom which may extend over the stern.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A small sailboat, with a single mast placed as far forward as possible, carring a sail extended by a gaff and long boom. See Illustration in Appendix.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A boat having a cat-rig.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a sailboat with a single mast set far forward

Etymologies

From obsolete cat, catboat.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • We went into an empty classroom and I reached into my brief case to bring out two sets of note cards; one, a collection of colorful UNICEF cards that a kid gave me when I slipped him an extra bag of Reese's Pieces last Halloween, the other a box of formal ecru-with-blue-trim cards that were so thick you could use them to make a sail for a thirty-foot catboat.

    I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Thank-You Note

  • To our left the harbor was empty save for work boats, one of which was moored to the stake where we tie our eighteen-foot catboat, the Shirley J., in the summer.

    Vineyard Chill

  • I was pleased to note a catboat in the center of Katama Bay, its skipper and crew taking advantage of the lovely day.

    Vineyard Chill

  • Nowadays, though, I was quite satisfied to sail our eighteen-foot Herreshoff America catboat in local waters.

    Vineyard Chill

  • Maybe tomorrow Agganis would let me go home, and maybe I could talk J.W. into giving me a catboat ride back to Woods Hole.

    Third Strike

  • The children took turns on the tiller, with me helping them out when it got too much for them, because a catboat can demand a pretty strong hand at the helm.

    Third Strike

  • If you can stand another wet ride on the catboat, absolutely.

    Third Strike

  • "Redburr's been talking about him, too," said Avender from inside the catboat he and Reiffen had picked out.

    Reiffeins Choice

  • She brought out the gaff and boom while Avender sculled harder to keep the catboat off the sheer cliff behind them.

    Reiffeins Choice

  • The lakeman gave a last short wave as Avender sculled the catboat out under the iron gate at the entrance to the little harbor and into the bright sunshine beyond.

    Reiffeins Choice

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