A small boat used to peddle provisions to ships anchored offshore.
A small boat used in a port or anchorage to peddle goods to ships' crews.
Other Word Forms
Origin of bumboat
- Probably partial translation of Low German bumboot ship's boat partial translation of Dutch dialectal bomschuit small fishing boat bom ship's bottom (from Dutch bodem) (from Middle Dutch) schuit ship
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition