boat

noun
\ ˈbōt How to pronounce boat (audio) \
plural boats

Definition of boat

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a small vessel for travel on water
b : ship
2 : a boat-shaped container, utensil, or device a gravy boat a laboratory boat
3 informal : a large car A lot of people still think Cadillac makes big floaty boats.— Mark LaNeve
in the same boat
: in the same situation or predicament

boat

verb
boated; boating; boats

Definition of boat (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to place in or bring into a boat

intransitive verb

: to go by boat

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from boat

Noun

boatful \ ˈbōt-​ˌfu̇l How to pronounce boatful (audio) \ noun
boatlike \ ˈbōt-​ˌlīk How to pronounce boatlike (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for boat

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of boat in a Sentence

Noun He tied the boat to the dock. Cruise ships and other boats filled the harbor. traveling by boat across the ocean Verb We boated over to the island. boated to the picnic site on an island in the bay
See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Lehmkuhl said her boat raced toward the wreckage and got there in about 20 seconds. NBC News, "Eight feared killed after two planes collide over Idaho lake," 6 July 2020 Take a knee during the national anthem, whatever floats your boat. Laura Vozzella, Washington Post, "American flag, deemed ‘target’ for protesters, ordered off Virginia Capitol construction site," 3 July 2020 In 2018, a fisherman off the coast of Charleston, S.C., spotted one approaching his boat. Fox News, "Whale sharks have eyes that are covered in teeth, researchers find," 2 July 2020 The answer may lie in the boat, adrift in the Pacific. Katharine Q. Seelye, BostonGlobe.com, "Angela Madsen, paralympian rower, dies on solo Pacific voyage at 60," 1 July 2020 Cramer had been living in his car and had lost most of his belongings when his boat was destroyed. Annie Vainshtein, SFChronicle.com, "Tim Cramer, influential member of SF’s eccentric roller skating scene, dead at 53," 1 July 2020 Last year, seven migrants drowned while 64 others were rescued when their boat capsized in the lake, which is close to the border with Iran but lies within Turkey’s borders. Time, "Turkey Says Up to 60 Migrants Feared Dead After Boat Sinks," 1 July 2020 Members of a family were seriously injured after their boat collided with a humpback whale outside of Auke Bay over the weekend. CBS News, "3 family members injured when boat collides with humpback whale in Alaska," 1 July 2020 Technique is a more important element on the water, and there’s no element of coordination when kids can’t be in the same boat. Ethan Sears, The Indianapolis Star, "How Indy rowing club won national titles in a rower's garage," 20 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Nightcrawlers on harness rigs are superb when slow trolled, and anglers who troll with jigs tipped with minnows, crawlers, and leeches will consistently boat walleyes. Popular Science, "A beginner’s guide to freshwater fishing," 1 June 2020 Nightcrawlers on harness rigs are superb when slow trolled, and anglers who troll with jigs tipped with minnows, crawlers, and leeches will consistently boat walleyes. Popular Science, "A beginner’s guide to freshwater fishing," 1 June 2020 Nightcrawlers on harness rigs are superb when slow trolled, and anglers who troll with jigs tipped with minnows, crawlers, and leeches will consistently boat walleyes. Popular Science, "A beginner’s guide to freshwater fishing," 1 June 2020 Nightcrawlers on harness rigs are superb when slow trolled, and anglers who troll with jigs tipped with minnows, crawlers, and leeches will consistently boat walleyes. Bob Mcnally, Field & Stream, "The Beginner’s Guide to Catching Your First Fish," 11 May 2020 On a fall evening, Campbell attended a reception for Jeb Bush at the Belle Haven Club, a private tennis-and-boating club overlooking Long Island Sound. Evan Osnos, The New Yorker, "How Greenwich Republicans Learned to Love Trump," 3 May 2020 Many of the photos in a slideshow that played during the service showed Walters relaxing during boating trips on the Georgia coast. Washington Post, "Hundreds attend funeral for Navy sailor slain in base attack," 16 Dec. 2019 True, there were parties and hikes and boating excursions and vacations. Nancy Shohet West, BostonGlobe.com, "A year preserved in pictures, but where’s the rest of the story?," 17 Jan. 2020 One of her neighbors still needs to boat across the new channel to reach his home. Patrick M. O'connell, chicagotribune.com, "Barges stranded, levees breached and a town in danger: How the Mississippi River is dividing a community — literally — in southern Illinois," 26 Nov. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'boat.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of boat

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for boat

Noun

Middle English boot, from Old English bāt; akin to Old Norse beit boat

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about boat

Time Traveler for boat

Time Traveler

The first known use of boat was before the 12th century

See more words from the same century

Statistics for boat

Last Updated

11 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Boat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/boat. Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for boat

boat

noun
How to pronounce boat (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of boat

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a small vehicle that is used for traveling on water
: a vehicle of any size that is used for traveling on water
: a long and narrow container that is used for serving a sauce with a meal

boat

verb

English Language Learners Definition of boat (Entry 2 of 2)

: to travel in a boat

boat

noun
\ ˈbōt How to pronounce boat (audio) \

Kids Definition of boat

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a small vessel driven on the water by oars, paddles, sails, or a motor

boat

verb
boated; boating

Kids Definition of boat (Entry 2 of 2)

: to use a boat

Other Words from boat

boater noun

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on boat

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for boat

Spanish Central: Translation of boat

Nglish: Translation of boat for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of boat for Arabic Speakers

Comments on boat

What made you want to look up boat? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words for Summer: A Quiz

  • a closeup of a sunflower
  • Which of the following words means “of or relating to summer”?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!