Definition of bawley in English:



  • A fishing smack of a kind formerly used on the coasts of Essex and Kent.

    • ‘It was a wonderful sight to see 21 smacks and bawleys go off, followed half an hour later by 9 barges.’
    • ‘Traditional smacks and bawleys can be found at the harbour throughout the year.’
    • ‘He knew the smacks, bawleys and barges, and had sailed aboard most boats suited to the tidal waters.’
    • ‘Many are from the East Coast, such as barges, bawleys and smacks.’
    • ‘There are still a few of these bawleys on the East Coast, mostly now used for charter.’


Late 19th century: of unknown origin.