bow·​rid·​er ˈbau̇-ˌrī-dər How to pronounce bowrider (audio)
plural bowriders
chiefly US
: a recreational motorboat that has a pointed bow with a seating area in front of the helm
Call it America's boat. The bowrider, invented specifically to appeal to families who boat on the lakes and rivers of our Heartland, is the most popular pleasure craft in the country, accounting for 59 percent of all stern drive boats sold.Charles Plueddeman, Boating, February 1999

Word History

First Known Use

1969, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bowrider was in 1969

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“Bowrider.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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