mo·​tor·​boat ˈmō-tər-ˌbōt How to pronounce motorboat (audio)
: a boat propelled usually by an internal combustion engine
motorboater noun
motorboating noun

Examples of motorboat in a Sentence

motorboats are banned on the lake because they are a hazard to swimmers
Recent Examples on the Web Because the ice roads would only cover a small portion of the lakes, critics of the original plan said ATVs were being shut out of much of the park in winter, areas where motorboats are allowed all summer. John Myers, Twin Cities, 19 May 2024 Alternatively, rent a self-drive boat or hire a skippered motorboat. Helen Iatrou, Travel + Leisure, 16 May 2024 Have the hotel take you and mom out on a spin on a vintage motorboat, or indulge in an all-day spa experience with sleep and hammam rituals before dining on risotto at La Terrazza, the hotel’s famed restaurant overlooking the water. Juliet Izon, Glamour, 3 May 2024 Similarly, there might be days when, instead of relying on a skipper to take people out on their eight-person motorboat, the couple will be free to give tours of the Atlantic coastline themselves. Jo Rodgers Jameson Montgomery Roxanne Fequiere Emilia Petrarca Kate Guadagnino Sophie Bew, New York Times, 8 Feb. 2024 See all Example Sentences for motorboat 

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Word History

First Known Use

1890, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of motorboat was in 1890

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“Motorboat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


mo·​tor·​boat -ˌbōt How to pronounce motorboat (audio)
: a boat driven by a motor

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