coble definition by Webster's New World
- a small fishing boat with a lug sail, a deeper draft at the bow than at the stern, and a large rudder, used off the northeast coast of England
- in Scotland, a short, flat-bottomed rowboat
Origin: Middle English cobel ; from Old English cuopel, probably ; from Celtic as in Welsh ceubal, Breton caubal (from source uncertain or unknown; perhaps Classical Latin caupulus)
coble definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Nautical A small flatbottom fishing boat with a lugsail on a raking mast.
- Scots A kind of flatbottom rowboat.
Origin: Middle English cobel, perhaps ultimately from Latin caupulus, a kind of small ship.