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

  • n. A two-masted fore-and-aft-rigged sailing vessel similar to the ketch but having a smaller jigger- or mizzenmast stepped abaft the rudder. Also called dandy.
  • n. A ship's small boat, crewed by rowers.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small ship's boat, usually rowed by four or six oars.
  • n. A fore and aft rigged sailing vessel with two masts, main and mizzen, the mizzen stepped abaft the rudder post.
  • v. To cry out; to howl;

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A small ship's boat, usually rowed by four or six oars.
  • n. A fore-and-aft-rigged vessel with two masts, a mainmast carrying a mainsail and jibs, taller than the mizzenmast and stepped a little farther forward than in a sloop, and with the mizzenmast, or jiggermast far aft, usually placed aft of the water line or aft the rudder post. The mizzenmast of a yawl is smaller, and set further aft, than that of a sloop.
  • intransitive v. To cry out like a dog or cat; to howl; to yell.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To cry out; howl; yell.
  • n. A ship's small boat, usually rowed by four or six oars; a jolly-boat.
  • n. The smallest boat used by fishermen. See cut under rowlock.
  • n. A sail-boat or small yacht of the cutter class, with a jigger and short mainboom.

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

  • v. emit long loud cries
  • n. a sailing vessel with two masts; a small mizzen is aft of the rudderpost
  • n. a ship's small boat (usually rowed by 4 or 6 oars)


Dutch jol, possibly from Low German jolle.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Apparently from Middle Low German jolle or Dutch jol. (Wiktionary)


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