Bumboat definitions

bŭm'bōt'
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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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