- Archaic a ship's boat; jolly boat
- a small, two-masted sailing vessel similar to a ketch but with the mizzenmast located aft of the rudderpost
Origin of yawlfrom Middle Low German jolle or Dutch jol
Brit., Dial. yowl
- 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 .
- A ship's small boat, crewed by rowers.
Origin of yawlDutch jol possibly from Low German jolle
- To cry out; to howl;
Apparently from Middle Low German jolle or Dutch jol.