: a large flat-bottomed coasting boat formerly widely used but now chiefly Dutch
: any of various fast boats (as a fishing boat, a ship's boat)

Word History


partial modification, partial translation of Dutch vlieboot, from Vlie, channel between the North sea and the Wadden Zee, Netherlands + boot boat

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“Flyboat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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