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Definition of bumboat noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

bumboat

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈbʌmbəʊt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbʌmboʊt//
 
 
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a small boat that carries goods for sale to ships that are tied up or anchored Word Origin late 17th cent.: from bum + boat. The term originally denoted a scavenger's boat removing refuse from ships, often also bringing produce for sale.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: bumboat