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


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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Intervention by firefighters for widespread vegetation fires, teams on motorboats and helicopters. Time, "The Eruption of Italy's Stromboli Volcano Resulted in Some Harrowing Images From Nearby Tourists," 29 Aug. 2019 Officials are investigating whether record-high water levels along the lakefront contributed to the crash of a motorboat that slammed into a jetty near Diversey Harbor early Thursday, killing a woman and injuring two of her friends. Rosemary Sobol,, "Officials investigating whether high water levels contributed to fatal boat crash near Diversey Harbor," 11 July 2019 According to Italian news reports, some of the officers on the motorboat jumped onto the dock for safety. Washington Post, "The Latest: Captain didn’t mean to harm Italy’s police boat," 30 June 2019 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,, "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

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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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English Language Learners Definition of motorboat

: a boat with a motor


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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