Definition of nabbie in English:


Pronunciation /ˈnabi/


(also nabby)
rare Scottish
  • A type of sailing boat used in Scotland, traditionally having a raking mast, a lugsail, and a jib.

    Associated chiefly with herring fishing on Loch Fyne and in the Firth of Clyde.


Mid 19th century; earliest use found in John o'Groat Journal. Origin uncertain. Perhaps from nobby, with reference to the trim appearance of such boats.