noun, verb (used with or without object) British Dialect.

  1. yowl; howl.


  1. a two-masted sailing vessel, rigged fore-and-aft, with a large mainmast and a small mizzenmast stepped aft of the rudderpostCompare ketch, sloop
  2. a ship’s small boat, usually rowed by four or six oars


  1. (intr) British dialect to howl, weep, or scream harshly; yowl

n.type of ship’s boat, 1660s, apparently from Middle Low German jolle or Dutch jol “a Juteland boat,” of unknown origin. Also borrowed into French (yole), Italian (jolo), Russian (yal).

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