Definition of yawl in English:

yawl

noun

  • 1A two-masted fore-and-aft-rigged sailboat with the mizzenmast stepped far aft so that the mizzen boom overhangs the stern.

    • ‘That objective had been achieved with over twenty yawls now sailing in Achill.’
    • ‘Just as the Long Island Mackerel yawls had returned to sail again.’
    • ‘The owner of the yawl, was on hand to see it begin its journey and was delighted to see the project come to fruition.’
    • ‘It is envisaged in addition that a number of young people will be trained by master yawl boat-builders under a traditional yawl boat-training scheme.’
    • ‘The cup competition is an event for yawls; traditional wooden sailing boats, and is being run in association with the Drontheim Yawl Association.’
    • ‘The French yoles are designed for sea rowing as opposed to river, are heavier than the Celtic yawl so the Castletownshend Rowing Club have installed a pulley system on their slip, for easier hoisting in and out of the sea.’
    • ‘As the interest in wooden boats and yawls grows, the Baltimore Traditional Boat Festival, held at the end of May, provides an excellent showcase for the craftsmanship, beauty and line of these vessels.’
    • ‘Puleston's book itself goes on to relate his adventures which, after he lost the yawl, included joining Bruce and Sheridan Fahnestock in the schooner Direction on their famous trip through the South Pacific.’
    • ‘He was an inspiration to those who wished to get out and sail in the yawl but were seeking the courage to do so.’
    • ‘Furthermore, there were shortfalls with equipment supplies at naval clubs: There was a shortage of 154 motor boats and 155 yawls.’
    • ‘It seemed that other sailing enthusiasts had the same idea, as the yawl sat at her berth, speculating on her next responsibility.’
    • ‘Now the number of yawls has increased to twenty-five and the yawl racing competition has become a major tourist attraction on Achill island.’
    • ‘Their win was no mean feat because the teams were competing in a different kind of craft, the French yawls being sliders, narrower, slightly longer, twin oared and the triangular course was over 6k.’
    • ‘Have you been in a place where trends are announced through a yawl's foghorn?’
    • ‘Or he pushed out the yawl and shot his single creel.’
    • ‘The currently standard plastic yawls have a ballast-displacement ratio of 0.433, compared to 0.390 for the older wood design.’
    • ‘On the way home their yawl was overturned and Cornelius Cahalane, Eugene Daly's great grand uncle, who spent almost three hours in the water, got help and then returned to search for the others.’
    • ‘Boats of various shapes and sizes were built, yachts, smaller sailing craft, yawls, lighters for transporting sand and gravel, punts, racing gigs and even speedboats in the late 1930's.’
    • ‘On Saturday mornings throughout the month of September the ancient tradition of yawl sailing was handed down to a new generation of enthusiasts.’
    • ‘In a tribute he said that Mr Patten was a very popular and committed member of the group of people who had dedicated themselves to the revival of the yawl.’
    1. 1.1historical A ship's jolly boat with four or six oars.
      • ‘Yawls had a single mast, and could also be rowed with four or six oars. They were most commonly used to carry ship’s stores and provisions.’

Origin

Late 16th century: from Middle Low German jolle or Dutch jol, of unknown origin; compare with jolly.

Pronunciation:

yawl

/yôl/