johnboat

noun
john·​boat | \ ˈjän-ˌbōt How to pronounce johnboat (audio) \

Definition of johnboat

: 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 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, "The Ultimate South Carolina Shrimp Road Trip," 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, "Three Duck Hunters Capsized in the Northeast," 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, "The Ultimate Guide to Hunting and Fishing Road Trips for Spring," 24 Feb. 2020 But that’s sort of like putting chrome rims on your johnboat trailer. John Taylor, Outdoor Life, "7 Best Pump Shotguns for Less Than $500 (& One High End Model)," 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, "The Ultimate Guide to Hunting and Fishing Road Trips for Spring," 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, "How to Select Rod Holders for Small Boats," 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, "Father drowns on Lake Hartwell after boat collision; 6-year-old son uninjured," 11 July 2019 There were fishing and leisure boats, airboats, jet skis and johnboats. Abigail Hauslohner, Washington Post, "An adrenaline-driven mission on the dark, watery streets of Texas," 31 Aug. 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'johnboat.' 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 johnboat

1894, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for johnboat

from the name John

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about johnboat

Time Traveler for johnboat

Time Traveler

The first known use of johnboat was in 1894

See more words from the same year

Statistics for johnboat

Cite this Entry

“Johnboat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/johnboat. Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

More from Merriam-Webster on johnboat

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for johnboat

Comments on johnboat

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

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Slippery Words Quiz—Changing with the Times

  • ducreux self portrait yawning
  • What is an earlier meaning of nice?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

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!