pad·​dle·​boat | \ ˈpa-dᵊl-ˌbōt How to pronounce paddleboat (audio) \

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 pedal boat, (British) pedalo

Examples of paddleboat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web According to the Conroe Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Lake Conroe Queen is a 60-passenger, double-deck sternwheeler paddleboat. Danielle Wallace, Fox News, 15 Aug. 2021 The paddleboat was named for Walt Disney’s widow, Lillian, who whacked a champagne bottle upon the building’s wheel as a Dixieland band watched from the upper deck on May 1, 1977, signaling its grand opening. Dewayne Bevil,, 21 Apr. 2021 There are a couple of ways to get to us from there, but the easiest is to rent a paddleboat and go due west toward the little-league fields. Colin Nissan, The New Yorker, 11 Nov. 2020 Take a one-hour cruise aboard the Lake Arrowhead Queen paddleboat to see the lake and waterfront homes lining its shore. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, 31 July 2020 Recreational rentals are a future possibility, said North Coast Harbor project manager Jessica Kerr, but for now the kayaks, paddleboats and Jet Skis are gone. Laura Johnston, cleveland, 29 May 2020 Bridgeland has 3,000-plus acres dedicated to lakes, trails and parks, and offers a resort-style pool, disc-golf course, stocked lakes and complimentary use of kayaks, paddleboats and other recreational equipment for residents. Houston Chronicle, 16 Nov. 2019 At the heart of Artavia will be a 13-acre community amenity complex including a 5-acre lake with paddleboats and a kayak launch area. Houston Chronicle, 16 Nov. 2019 After 17 years at Harriet Island, the Minnesota Centennial Showboat — a replica paddleboat that once hosted University of Minnesota theater productions — sailed away in mid-September on a two-day journey to Winona, Minnesota. Frederick Melo,, 17 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of paddleboat

1832, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Paddleboat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of paddleboat

: 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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