Meaning of gabbart in English:


Pronunciation /ˈɡabət/


(also gabbard)
historical Scottish, Irish
  • A type of sailing boat or barge chiefly used on rivers and in coastal waters; a lighter.


Late 15th century; earliest use found in The Cely Papers: selections from the correspondence and memoranda of the Cely Family, Merchants of the Staple. From Anglo-Norman and Middle French gabarre from Old Occitan gabarra flat-bottomed boat with sails and oars, apparently from Basque gabarra, kabarra (although this is first attested later: 1680), with metathesis from post-classical Latin carabus kind of light ship.