boat

noun
\ ˈbōt How to pronounce boat (audio) \
plural boats

Definition of boat

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a small vessel for travel on water
b : ship
2 : a boat-shaped container, utensil, or device a gravy boat a laboratory boat
3 informal : a large car A lot of people still think Cadillac makes big floaty boats.— Mark LaNeve
in the same boat
: in the same situation or predicament

boat

verb
boated; boating; boats

Definition of boat (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to place in or bring into a boat

intransitive verb

: to go by boat

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from boat

Noun

boatful \ ˈbōt-​ˌfu̇l How to pronounce boat (audio) \ noun
boatlike \ ˈbōt-​ˌlīk How to pronounce boat (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for boat

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of boat in a Sentence

Noun He tied the boat to the dock. Cruise ships and other boats filled the harbor. traveling by boat across the ocean Verb We boated over to the island. boated to the picnic site on an island in the bay
See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Tucked beside them, in their charming paper boat, was a wedge of lemon; the faint perfume of malt vinegar hovered in the air. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, "The Glorious Fish and Chips at Dame," 15 Jan. 2021 However, leashes greater than 3 feet in length will give you the option of tying, looping, or clipping the pouch to your body, your gear, or your boat. Field & Stream, "Best Waterproof Phone Pouch: Smart Ways to Protect A Smartphone," 5 Jan. 2021 Meanwhile, Texas A&M, boat-raced by Alabama on Oct. 3, but winner of seven straight in the SEC since (including a win over Florida, which just scored 46 to Bama’s 52), gets pancaked by the selection committee. Nick Canepa Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Changing to an eight-team playoff could solve the College Football Playoff problem," 26 Dec. 2020 Now Leon McMann, 89, a Tangier resident who had still been working on his boat the previous winter, was sick. Washington Post, "On a Trump-loving island in the Chesapeake, a virus outbreak unites instead of divides," 22 Dec. 2020 While all other automakers paddled upstream through this year, Tesla put an electric motor on its boat and cruised all the way to 2021. Colin Beresford, Car and Driver, "The Biggest Car News of 2020, from COVID-19 to Revived Trucks," 19 Dec. 2020 Sounds traumatizing, but whatever floats your boat! Emma Specter, Vogue, "21 Thoughts I Had While Rewatching 50 First Dates," 18 Dec. 2020 At 15, hungry and dehydrated after a 10-day journey, he was touched by the care Red Cross volunteers showed him and 137 others in his boat. Aritz Parra, Star Tribune, "A migrant's odyssey from boat to COVID nursing job in Spain," 18 Dec. 2020 The man, his girlfriend, two young granddaughters and two dogs all swam for safety Tuesday after their boat caught fire off Sauvie Island. oregonlive, "Family rescued from frigid waters after boat fire near Sauvie Island," 16 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Petersburg will host — for maybe two hours at a time — five teams that will fly or boat to the island. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Making the high school cross-country season happen in Southeast Alaska takes creativity and planning," 2 Oct. 2020 Nightcrawlers on harness rigs are superb when slow trolled, and anglers who troll with jigs tipped with minnows, crawlers, and leeches will consistently boat walleyes. Popular Science, "A beginner’s guide to freshwater fishing," 1 June 2020 Nightcrawlers on harness rigs are superb when slow trolled, and anglers who troll with jigs tipped with minnows, crawlers, and leeches will consistently boat walleyes. Popular Science, "A beginner’s guide to freshwater fishing," 1 June 2020 Nightcrawlers on harness rigs are superb when slow trolled, and anglers who troll with jigs tipped with minnows, crawlers, and leeches will consistently boat walleyes. Popular Science, "A beginner’s guide to freshwater fishing," 1 June 2020 Nightcrawlers on harness rigs are superb when slow trolled, and anglers who troll with jigs tipped with minnows, crawlers, and leeches will consistently boat walleyes. Popular Science, "A beginner’s guide to freshwater fishing," 1 June 2020 Nightcrawlers on harness rigs are superb when slow trolled, and anglers who troll with jigs tipped with minnows, crawlers, and leeches will consistently boat walleyes. Popular Science, "A beginner’s guide to freshwater fishing," 1 June 2020 Nightcrawlers on harness rigs are superb when slow trolled, and anglers who troll with jigs tipped with minnows, crawlers, and leeches will consistently boat walleyes. Popular Science, "A beginner’s guide to freshwater fishing," 1 June 2020 Nightcrawlers on harness rigs are superb when slow trolled, and anglers who troll with jigs tipped with minnows, crawlers, and leeches will consistently boat walleyes. Popular Science, "A beginner’s guide to freshwater fishing," 1 June 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'boat.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of boat

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for boat

Noun

Middle English boot, from Old English bāt; akin to Old Norse beit boat

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about boat

Time Traveler for boat

Time Traveler

The first known use of boat was before the 12th century

See more words from the same century

Statistics for boat

Last Updated

25 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Boat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/boat. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for boat

boat

noun
How to pronounce boat (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of boat

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a small vehicle that is used for traveling on water
: a vehicle of any size that is used for traveling on water
: a long and narrow container that is used for serving a sauce with a meal

boat

verb

English Language Learners Definition of boat (Entry 2 of 2)

: to travel in a boat

boat

noun
\ ˈbōt How to pronounce boat (audio) \

Kids Definition of boat

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a small vessel driven on the water by oars, paddles, sails, or a motor

boat

verb
boated; boating

Kids Definition of boat (Entry 2 of 2)

: to use a boat

Other Words from boat

boater noun

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on boat

What made you want to look up boat? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Slippery Words Quiz—Changing with the Times

  • ducreux self portrait yawning
  • What is an earlier meaning of nice?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!