houseboat

noun house·boat \ ˈhau̇s-ˌbōt \
Updated on: 20 May 2018

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

houseboater

play \ˈhau̇s-ˌbō-tər\ noun

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First Known Use of houseboat

1772

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Definition of houseboat for English Language Learners

  • : a boat that is also used as a house


HOUSEBOAT Defined for Kids

houseboat

noun house·boat \ ˈhau̇s-ˌbōt \

Definition of houseboat for Students

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


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