john·​boat ˈjän-ˌbōt How to pronounce johnboat (audio)
: a narrow flat-bottomed square-ended boat usually propelled by a pole or paddle and used on inland waterways

Examples of johnboat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On an aluminum johnboat, a good seat can make a world of difference. Max Inchausti, Field & Stream, 9 Jan. 2023 No matter if they were hauled in by a trawler, by a cast-netter knee-deep in a creek, or by a late-night baiter whose johnboat lantern is just one twinkle in a constellation of fellow shrimpers out on the inky harbor. Stephanie Hunt, Southern Living, 12 July 2020 The three of us rushed before dawn, flickering figures in headlamp beams, piling gear into Ralph’s 10-foot johnboat. Will Ryans, Field & Stream, 17 Mar. 2020 Eastern Virginia’s coastal plain and tidewater rivers sport some of the country’s best small-stream fishing for panfish in waters friendly to both johnboats and canoes. The Editors, Field & Stream, 24 Feb. 2020 But that’s sort of like putting chrome rims on your johnboat trailer. John Taylor, Outdoor Life, 25 Oct. 2019 Rent a johnboat, buy a batch of crickets, and spend an hour with your ears open at Bob’s Fishing Hole on the Northwest River. The Editors, Field & Stream, 24 Feb. 2020 From johnboats and small runabouts right down to kayaks, canoes, and even one-man pontoons and cata-rafts, there’s a rod holder that can turn any small boat into a fishing-catching machine. The Editors, Outdoor Life, 20 Nov. 2019 Brandon Dean Wilson, of Grayson, was driving a johnboat with his 6-year-old son Garrett on board about 10 p.m., Georgia Department of National Resources spokesman Mark McKinnon said. Erin Schilling, ajc, 11 July 2019 See More

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Word History


from the name John

First Known Use

1894, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of johnboat was in 1894

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“Johnboat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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