noun Etymology: probably from Low German bumboot, from bum tree + boot boat Date: 1769 a boat that brings provisions and commodities for sale to larger ships in port or offshore

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  • Bumboat — Bum boat , n. [From bum the buttocks, on account of its clumsy form; or fr. D. bun a box for holding fish in a boat.] (Naut.) A clumsy boat, used for conveying provisions, fruit, etc., for sale, to vessels lying in port or off shore. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bumboat — [bum′bōt΄] n. [ BUM2 + BOAT; orig. (17th c.), sailors slang for garbage boat] a small boat used in a port or anchorage to peddle goods to ships crews …   English World dictionary

  • Bumboat — A bumboat is a small boat used to ferry supplies to ships moored away from the shore. Originally referring to a scavenger s boat, the name comes from the combination of the Dutch word for a canoe, boomschuit ( boom meaning tree ) and boat .In… …   Wikipedia

  • bumboat — /ˈbʌmboʊt/ (say bumboht) noun 1. Nautical a boat used in peddling provisions and small wares among vessels lying in port or offshore. 2. Australian History a. a cart, usually horse drawn, carrying illegal liquor for sale in remote bush areas. b.… …   Australian English dictionary

  • bumboat — /bum boht /, n. Naut. a boat used in peddling provisions and small wares among vessels lying in port or offshore. [1665 75; prob. partial trans. of D bomschuit a small fishing boat, perh. contr. of bodemschuit(je) lit., bottom boat] * * * …   Universalium

  • bumboat — noun a small boat used for carrying provisions to ships lying at anchor in a harbour …   Wiktionary

  • bumboat — n. small boat used in harbours to carry provisions …   English contemporary dictionary

  • bumboat — bum·boat …   English syllables

  • bumboat —   n. small harbour boat carrying provisons, etc. to ship …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • bumboat — noun a small boat that ferries supplies and commodities for sale to a larger ship at anchor • Hypernyms: ↑boat …   Useful english dictionary

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