Definitions

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  • n. A lighter or barge. A small one-masted sailing or coasting vessel designed for inland navigation.

Etymologies

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Examples

  • The fishermen and their boats were far down on Cowal after signs of herring; the bay was given up to barque and gabbart alone.

    Gilian The Dreamer His Fancy, His Love and Adventure

  • In one of the vessels behind him, as he mused, a seaman noiselessly thrust his head out at a companion to look the hour upon the town's clock, and the boy, pale, fair-haired, pondering, with eyes upon the shrouds of a gabbart, forced himself by his stillness and inaction upon the man's notice.

    Gilian The Dreamer His Fancy, His Love and Adventure

  • But fair fa 'the weaver that wrought the weft o't --- I swung and bobbit yonder as safe as a gabbart that's moored by a three-ply cable at the Broomielaw.' '

    Rob Roy

  • Stairs, that the wench might embark on the Tay from Perth; and I know for certainty, for I made inquiry, that she sailed in a gabbart for Dundee.

    The Fair Maid of Perth St. Valentine's Day

  • Lady’s Stairs, that the wench might embark on the Tay from Perth; and I know for certainty, for I made inquiry, that she sailed in a gabbart for Dundee.

    The Fair Maid of Perth

  • But fair fa 'the weaver that wrought the weft o't -- I swung and bobbit yonder as safe as a gabbart* that's moored by a three-ply cable at the Broomielaw. "

    Rob Roy — Complete

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  • "The mouthful of food which a bird is carrying to its young." --Dr. Jamieson's Scottish Dictionary and Supplement, 1841.

    May 18, 2011

  • "XXIV. And be it further enacted by the authority of the aforefaid, That no mafter, or no sailor on board any fhip, gabbart, or boat, lying in the faid river between the faid bridge called the Bloody-bridge and the faid river called Dodeer, alias Donnybrook, fhall make or keep any fire on fuch fhip or gabbart for boiling their pots or kettles, or for any other ufe, except candle-light, unlefs fuch fhip or gabbart lye at leaft twenty yards diftance from the keys, where houfes are built,or fhall hereafter be built:" Statutes Passed in the Parliaments Held in Ireland, Vol. III, p. 237. Dublin, Printed by George Grierson, Printer to the King's Moft Excellent Majefty. 1794.

    Cf. Scots. gabert, a vessel for inland navigation.

    March 10, 2011