Bumboat definition

bŭmbōt
A small boat used to peddle provisions to ships anchored offshore.
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A small boat used in a port or anchorage to peddle goods to ships' crews.
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(nautical) A small boat used for carrying provisions to ships lying at anchor in a harbour.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
bumboat
Plural:
bumboats

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

  • From Dutch bomschuit (“small fishing boat”) + boat.

    From Wiktionary