Definition of "yawl" []

  • A two-masted fore-and-aft-rigged sailing vessel similar to the ketch but having a smaller jigger- or mizzenmast stepped abaft the rudder. Also called dandy. (noun)
  • A ship's small boat, crewed by rowers. (noun)
  • A two-masted sailing vessel, rigged fore-and-aft, with a large mainmast and a small mizzenmast stepped aft of the rudderpost (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • A ship's small boat, usually rowed by four or six oars (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "yawl" in a sentence
  • "Kippiputuonaa is seen anxiously watching "the tree-with-wings" (as she naively called the yawl), where her husband, Dr. Traprock, is at work rigging a new yard-arm."
  • "No human skill could prevent the water from combing in over the gunwales; and when the danger was passed, the yawl was a third filled with water."
  • "And depending on the number of beers you've had or just how close to Austin you really are it comes out "yawl" anyway leaving the punctuation completely ambiguous."