One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1English regional (Yorkshire and west midlands) and Welsh English (southern). An idler, a loafer; a vagrant; a disreputable person. Chiefly derogatory.
2Canadian (originally and chiefly Newfoundland). A small fishing boat, typically round-bottomed with a square stern; a small punt. Now chiefly historical.
(attributive). English regional (chiefly west midlands and Gloucs.). Rough, disreputable; idle. Chiefly derogatory. Now rare.
Mid 19th century (in an earlier sense). Origin unknown. The semantic relationship between the various senses is unclear; sense A. 3 may perhaps represent an extended use of sense A. 2, or may show a different word.
Chiefly attributive A type of decanter designed with a wide base for use on board a ship.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Hunt's Merchants' Magazine. From the name of George Bridges Rodney, 1st Baron Rodney, British admiral.
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