keel·​boat ˈkēl-ˌbōt How to pronounce keelboat (audio)
: a shallow covered keeled riverboat that is usually rowed, poled, or towed and that is used for freight
: a keeled sailboat

Examples of keelboat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In a dominating victory in the three-person Soling keelboat at the 1972 Olympics, Melges unseated the sport’s greatest sailor, Paul Elvstrom, who had won four Olympic Gold medals. Chris Museler, New York Times, 22 May 2023 Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate The main sail of the fiberglass J/24 keelboat coursing through bay waters just off Treasure Island flitted in the wind with a nervousness that told 2016 Olympics mariner Caleb Paine what was coming next. Julie Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle, 15 Apr. 2023 One-day keelboat rentals for experienced sailors from $85. Erin E. Williams, Washington Post, 9 June 2022 The club’s monthly open houses welcome guests for free half-hour sails aboard keelboats or dinghies with a club member. Jackie Burrell, The Mercury News, 22 Sep. 2019 And the weekend course offering is top-notch, with private and group beginner lessons, intermediate classes, keelboat workshops and more. New York Times, 21 Aug. 2019 And luckily, the heavy ballast below a keelboat’s hull makes them pretty hard to capsize. Popular Mechanics, 18 May 2018 On May 23, 1804, two days after the party had departed the frontier outpost of St. Charles, the 55-foot keelboat struck a log. Gary Garth, USA TODAY, 24 Oct. 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1695, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of keelboat was in 1695

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“Keelboat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

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keel·​boat ˈkē(ə)l-ˌbōt How to pronounce keelboat (audio)
: a shallow covered riverboat with a keel that is usually rowed, poled, or towed and is used to carry freight

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