Meaning of catboat in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkatbəʊt/


  • A sailing boat with a single mast placed well forward and carrying only one sail.

    ‘For these sailors, catboats offer one of the simplest of all sailing rigs to manage.’
    • ‘The Nonsuch is no typical catboat below the waterline, and if you are familiar with the considerable weather helm common to most Cape Cod catboats, you will be pleasantly surprised.’
    • ‘The open sea blows huge out there, white circles curling on the crest of waves like eyes that notice momentarily our piece of shore-a rocking catboat, mangroves, an egret hunkered on a post.’


Mid 19th century perhaps from cat(denoting a type of merchant ship formerly used in the coal and timber trades in NE England) + boat.