from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Nautical A small flatbottom fishing boat with a lugsail on a raking mast.
- n. Scots A kind of flatbottom rowboat.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. small flat-bottomed fishing boat suitable for launching from a beach, found on the north-east coast of England and in Scotland.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A flat-floored fishing boat with a lug sail, and a drop rudder extending from two to four feet below the keel. It was originally used on the stormy coast of Yorkshire, England.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A flattish-bottomed, clincher-built fishing-boat with a square stern.
Middle English cobel, perhaps ultimately from Latin caupulus, a kind of small ship.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English coble, from Welsh ceubal ("skiff") (Wiktionary)