paddleboat

noun pad·dle·boat \ ˈpa-dᵊl-ˌbōt \
Updated on: 20 Apr 2018

Definition of paddleboat

1 : a boat propelled by one or more large paddle wheels typically powered by a steam engine
  • … a new sidewheel paddleboat of the sort that once carried New Yorkers on harbor and Hudson River trips
  • —Richard F. Shepard
2 US : a small recreational boat powered by pedals that turn a paddle wheel
  • Paddleboats are curious vessels. They can be steered and they're powered by foot pedals so the effect is something like riding a bicycle on water.
  • —Daniel Chang
called also Britishpedal boat, pedalo

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First Known Use of paddleboat

1832

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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PADDLEBOAT Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of paddleboat for English Language Learners

  • : a small boat with paddle wheels that you turn by moving pedals with your feet like someone riding a bicycle

  • : a large, old-fashioned boat that moves along the water using a large paddle wheel usually turned by steam power


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