Definition of nabbie in English:


(also nabby, naby)

Pronunciation /ˈnabi/


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.


Late 19th century. Origin uncertain. Perhaps from nobby, with reference to the trim appearance of such boats.