Definitions

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  • n. One employed in managing a Newcastle keel, or coal boat.
  • n. A small or shallow tub.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One employed in managing a Newcastle keel; -- called also keelman.
  • n. A small or shallow tub; esp., one used for holding materials for calking ships, or one used for washing dishes, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who works on a barge or keel. Also keelman.
  • n. A small shallow tub used for some domestic purposes, as dish-washing, also to hold stuff for calking ships, etc.
  • n. A square or oblong wooden box, from 3 to 4 feet long and 6 to 8 inches deep, used in dressing mackerel, and also to hold the salt used in the process. More fully called gib-keeler.

Etymologies

keel +‎ -er (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • "Keelers, are small tubs, which hold stuff for the calking of ships."
    Falconer's New Universal Dictionary of the Marine (1816), 210

    October 14, 2008