motorboat

noun
mo·​tor·​boat | \ ˈmō-tər-ˌbōt How to pronounce motorboat (audio) \

Definition of motorboat

: a boat propelled usually by an internal combustion engine

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Other Words from motorboat

motorboater \ ˈmō-​tər-​ˌbō-​tər How to pronounce motorboater (audio) \ noun
motorboating \ ˈmō-​tər-​ˌbō-​tiŋ How to pronounce motorboating (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for motorboat

Synonyms

powerboat, speedboat, stinkpot [slang]

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Examples of motorboat in a Sentence

motorboats are banned on the lake because they are a hazard to swimmers

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George Brian Brensnock was arrested Thursday after being caught in the act of vandalizing a 25-foot 2005 Joker Marine outboard motorboat that was in storage, investigators said. Wayne K. Roustan, sun-sentinel.com, "Man accused of setting ex-girlfriend’s $20K boat ablaze," 2 Aug. 2019 The entire family can pile into a motorboat for a gentle tour of an underground cave and then zip through the treetops. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Try these 4 quick family adventures in or near Louisville before summer is over," 29 July 2019 Innate put on his bathrobe and bowler hat, loaded a few bags into his motorboat, and shook the engine to life with a few pulls of the starter cord. Joe Kloc, Harper's magazine, "Lost at Sea," 10 June 2019 Kids under 10 are not allowed to operate motorboats. Grace Connatser, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Can you drink beer and boat in Wisconsin? 5 things you need to know about the law.," 1 July 2019 There are also opportunities within the areas of motorboat mechanics and electric motor repairs. Emilia Benton, Houston Chronicle, "Heavy equipment mechanics have wide range of hiring opportunities," 7 July 2019 No one was injured when Sea-Watch 3 struck the border police vessel, but Italian authorities said some officers had to scramble out of the way and the motorboat’s side was damaged. Time, "A Rescue Ship Captain Being Held in Italy Is Attracting Donors and Defenders," 1 July 2019 No one was injured when Sea-Watch 3 struck the border police vessel, but Italian authorities said the motorboat’s side was damaged. Frank Jordans, BostonGlobe.com, "Rescue ship captain held in Italy attracts donors, criticism," 30 June 2019 No one was injured but the motorboat’s side was damaged. Washington Post, "The Latest: Captain didn’t mean to harm Italy’s police boat," 30 June 2019

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First Known Use of motorboat

1890, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of motorboat was in 1890

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motorboat

noun

English Language Learners Definition of motorboat

: a boat with a motor

motorboat

noun
mo·​tor·​boat | \ ˈmō-tər-ˌbōt How to pronounce motorboat (audio) \

Kids Definition of motorboat

: an often small boat driven by a motor

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