from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A small boat used to peddle provisions to ships anchored offshore.
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- n. a small boat used for carrying provisions to ships lying at anchor in a harbour
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A clumsy boat, used for conveying provisions, fruit, etc., for sale, to vessels lying in port or off shore.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A boat used in peddling fresh vegetables, fruit, and small wares among the vessels lying in a harbor or roadstead.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a small boat that ferries supplies and commodities for sale to a larger ship at anchor
The "bumboat," laden with delicious fruits and every kind of fresh provender to tempt the Blue jacket and hungry midshipman -- in my own days, utterly sick of the "salt-horse" (salt meat) and weevilly biscuit; but now, alas! the sailor is a spoilt child and quite daintily fed, hence the bumboat is not so great a treat to him when coming from "blue water."
The native "bumboat" is a dugout affair very narrow for its length, and seemingly so cranky that we marvelled at the size of the sail carried.
Young Brothers has been providing a shipping lifeline to our islands for more than 100 years, ever since our founders William and Jack Young started a "bumboat" business in 1900.
On Tuesday we took a 'bumboat' trip on the Singapore River down to Merlion Park.
There will be parades every day of bumboat floats small boats dressed up as everyday objects from the past, including Chinese wooden clogs.
All that remained was to get rid of the importunate bumboat -- men who swarmed round the vessel in their little craft, each looking like a small floating shop.
There's no wait for a bumboat back, and as we near Changi Village the drizzle stops.
A bumboat decorated with blinking yellow Christmas lights churns across the black water.
French: but, egad! it was no more than a bumboat battle, in comparison with some that I have seen.
There were people gathered onshore as a bumboat approached.