air·​boat ˈer-ˌbōt How to pronounce airboat (audio)
: a shallow-draft boat driven by an airplane propeller and steered by an airplane rudder

Examples of airboat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The airboat is here to stay, at least for the foreseeable future. Melissa Gomez, Los Angeles Times, 5 Aug. 2023 Kayaks, canoes, airboats, fishing tours, and dinner cruises on the river are all ways to enjoy Mobile’s waterways. Benjamin C Tankersley, Washington Post, 2 Aug. 2023 Only an hour south of Orlando, the ranch is packed with adventures, from skimming the surface of the scenic Kissimmee River in an airboat to horseback riding, archery, and even an award-winning Saturday night rodeo. Skye Sherman, Travel + Leisure, 12 Aug. 2023 Two airboats collided with each other on a lake in Florida, injuring 13 people. Samantha Neely, USA TODAY, 15 Aug. 2023 Visitors are welcome to book an airboat tour with Gulf Coast Gator Ranch in search of native bayou wildlife, while the nearby Pascagoula River Audubon Center is a haven for seasoned birders and novice nature lovers alike. Jared Ranahan, Travel + Leisure, 19 July 2023 Olivarez tweeted Monday that the agency's Tactical Marine Unit (TMU) and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission dispatched two airboats while assisting the U.S. Border Patrol during a possible infant drowning Saturday. Armando Garcia, ABC News, 4 July 2023 In the distance, the hum of an airboat emanated from the lake. Ian James, Los Angeles Times, 2 July 2023 With him on a recent day was a member of the Kings County Sheriff’s Office, which, because of Tulare Lake’s resurrection, is buying its own airboat. Shawn Hubler Mark Abramson, New York Times, 25 June 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1914, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of airboat was in 1914

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“Airboat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

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