noun, chiefly Australia and New Zealand
boat·​ie | \ ˈbō-tē How to pronounce boatie (audio) \
plural boaties

Definition of boatie

: a recreational boater The pair were rescued by a boatie out fishing and towed about 8km to the Darwin Ski Club.Courier Mail (Australia), 11 Jan. 2012 It is also likely that lives would have been lost as boaties tried to steer pleasure craft through the treacherous breach entrance.— Warren Judd, New Zealand Geographic, July/August 2003

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First Known Use of boatie

1962, in the meaning defined above

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“Boatie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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