house·​boat | \ ˈhau̇s-ˌbōt How to pronounce houseboat (audio) \

Definition of houseboat

: a boat fitted for use as a dwelling especially : a pleasure craft with a broad beam, a usually shallow draft, and a large superstructure resembling a house

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houseboater \ ˈhau̇s-​ˌbō-​tər How to pronounce houseboater (audio) \ noun

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Dense forest obfuscates their dwellings — tiny houses, trailers, a landlocked houseboat — often accessible only by dirt roads or footpaths. New York Times, "Somewhere, Away From It All," 13 Jan. 2018 Dutch houseboats are typically saddled with strict height regulations. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "Rock ’n’ roll Living on a Nautical Man Cave," 14 Nov. 2018 The person who stumbled upon Cunanan’s hideaway—just 41 blocks north of Versace’s mansion—was the houseboat’s caretaker, Fernando Carreira. Joanna Robinson, HWD, "Versace: Everything We Know About Andrew Cunanan’s Suicide," 22 Mar. 2018 Photos via Adam Schnack Even Noah would have traded in his ark for this stunning Danish houseboat. Alex Bazeley, Curbed, "Luxe Danish houseboat with terrace yours for $925K," 29 June 2018 Grimes, real name Claire Boucher, is a pop star who prior to her relationship with Elon Musk was known mostly for being a punky, spacey weirdo who once sailed a houseboat down the Mississippi River. Constance Grady, Vox, "The billionaire house hostage saga of Azealia Banks, Elon Musk, and Grimes, explained," 16 Aug. 2018 Built in 1981, the 1,841-square-foot two-bedroom looks like a true house—except this one happens to be floating on the Willamette River and is more or less permanently moored, unlike a houseboat. Lauren Ro, Curbed, "Indoor-outdoor floating home wants $825K in Portland," 7 June 2018 Pitch a tent at nearby Woodenfrog State Forest Campground on Kabetogama Lake ($14), or rent a houseboat from Ebel’s Voyageur Houseboats (from $335). Megan Michelson, Outside Online, "These Are the Best Stargazing Spots in North America," 13 July 2018 The houseboat runs about 70 feet, and wood paneling accents the exterior of the boat, giving it a rustic feel. Alex Bazeley, Curbed, "Luxe Danish houseboat with terrace yours for $925K," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of houseboat

1772, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of houseboat was in 1772

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English Language Learners Definition of houseboat

: a boat that is also used as a house


house·​boat | \ ˈhau̇s-ˌbōt How to pronounce houseboat (audio) \

Kids Definition of houseboat

: a roomy pleasure boat fitted for use as a place to live

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