paddleboat

noun
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 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, "9 Weekend Getaways From San Diego That Will Bring You to Mountains, Deserts, National Parks, Vineyards, and More," 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, "Goodbye Rock & Dock: North Coast Harbor has new Oasis marina manager," 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, "M/I Homes presents Benefit home funds to the GHBA," 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, "New Artavia community offers Enchanted Village Tour of homes," 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, chicagotribune.com, "Owner of floating B&B ready to move on," 17 Oct. 2019 Scott and his wife Jessica were married in 1998 on a paddleboat on Lake Coeur d'Alene in Idaho. courant.com, "Scott Socquet," 7 Nov. 2019 Bridgeland has over 3,000 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, "GHBA’s Benefit Project buyers close on Bridgeland home," 2 Nov. 2019 Bridgeland boasts 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, "Howard Hughes Corp. supports Benefit Homes Project," 14 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of paddleboat

1832, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Paddleboat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/paddleboat. Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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paddleboat

noun
How to pronounce paddleboat (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of paddleboat

US : 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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