Apparently from Middle Low German jolle, or Dutch jol.
yawl (plural yawls)
- A small ship's boat, usually rowed by four or six oars.
- A fore-and-aft rigged sailing vessel with two masts, main and mizzen, the mizzen stepped abaft the rudder post.
yawl (third-person singular simple present yawls, present participle yawling, simple past and past participle yawled)
- To cry out; to howl.