houseboat

noun
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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Other Words from houseboat

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

Examples of houseboat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The rest of the money Piercey and Winton used to buy homes, a houseboat and to pay off other business and loan debts. Matthias Gafni, SFChronicle.com, "Prosecutors share photo of Ponzi suspect in Lake Shasta as he used submersible device to flee," 20 Nov. 2020 The rest of the money Piercey and Winton used to buy homes, a houseboat and to pay off other business and loan debts. Matthias Gafni, SFChronicle.com, "Prosecutors share photo of Ponzi suspect in Lake Shasta as he used submersible device to flee," 20 Nov. 2020 The rest of the money Piercey and Winton used to buy homes, a houseboat and to pay off other business and loan debts. Matthias Gafni, SFChronicle.com, "Prosecutors share photo of Ponzi suspect in Lake Shasta as he used submersible device to flee," 20 Nov. 2020 The rest of the money Piercey and Winton used to buy homes, a houseboat and to pay off other business and loan debts. Matthias Gafni, SFChronicle.com, "Prosecutors share photo of Ponzi suspect in Lake Shasta as he used submersible device to flee," 20 Nov. 2020 The rest of the money Piercey and Winton used to buy homes, a houseboat and to pay off other business and loan debts. Matthias Gafni, SFChronicle.com, "Bubbles thwart fraud suspect’s underwater Seascooter escape," 17 Nov. 2020 In 1931, the 18-year-old Spence, who grew up in a houseboat on the White River near St. Charles, shot and killed Jack Worls at the Arkansas County Courthouse in DeWitt during Worls' murder trial in the death of Spence's father, Cicero. Sean Clancy, Arkansas Online, "PAPER TRAILS: Film looks into life of 1930s killer," 11 Oct. 2020 Upon his death in 1999, famed writer and artist Shel Silverstein left behind an enchanting legacy of songs, cartoons, children’s books—and a very bohemian houseboat. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Shel Silverstein’s Historic Sausalito Houseboat Is Now on Sale," 14 Apr. 2020 Travelers can even rent out the entirety of a yacht, houseboat, or small cruising vessel, and then customize the staff to their requirements — perhaps adding an on-site masseuse or sommelier. Maya Kachroo-levine, Travel + Leisure, "9 Mistakes to Avoid in the Maldives," 22 Aug. 2020

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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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14 Jan 2021

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“Houseboat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/houseboat. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for houseboat

houseboat

noun
How to pronounce houseboat (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of houseboat

: a boat that is also used as a house

houseboat

noun
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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