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



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 Originlate 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