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 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 The U.S. Coast Guard was first notified of a possible missing boater about 2:39 a.m. Wednesday when a motorist reportedly saw a man fall into the water from a 14-foot johnboat. Richard A. Webster,, "Police call off search for boater reported missing in Lake Pontchartrain," 8 June 2017 Canoes, kayaks and johnboats will be allowed, along with electric trolling motors. Steve Waters,, "Everglades reservoir will be opened for fishing, paddling, hunting and biking," 8 June 2017 A motorist driving on the bridge reported the man fell from a 14-foot johnboat at 2:39 p.m., according to the Coast Guard, which dispatched a boat and helicopter., "Authorities searching for man who fell overboard in Lake Pontchartrain," 7 June 2017

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First Known Use of johnboat

1894, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for johnboat

from the name John

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“Johnboat.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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