Definition of coble in English:

coble

noun

  • A flat-bottomed fishing boat of a type used in Scotland and north-eastern England.

    • ‘The dock was famous the world over in drawings and paintings of the village when it was filled with brown-sailed fishing cobles.’
    • ‘At night the woman would feel stabs of fear as she thought of the tossing coble where her man was earning a living for them.’
    • ‘We have reached the waterside where a fishing coble is moored to the bank.’
    • ‘The 88-year-old coble, a flat-bottomed fishing boat, had survived a direct hit by a stick bomb in 1943, which went right through her hull.’
    • ‘In the 1820s there were 130 fishermen sailing 35 cobles and five large herring boats.’

Origin

Old English, perhaps of Celtic origin and related to Welsh ceubal ‘ferry boat, skiff’.

Pronunciation

coble

/ˈkəʊb(ə)l/