Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A boat having a cat-rig.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Naut.) 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 Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun 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 WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a sailboat with a single mast set far forward

Etymologies

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

[From obsolete cat, catboat.]

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

  • 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

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

    Vineyard Chill

  • 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

  • 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

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