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 pedalo
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Theft A resident of the 4300 block of Yorkshire Lane reported June 18 that his paddleboat was missing.
Other activities included relay races, bubble blowing, Frisbee tossing, a water balloon toss contest, swimming and free use of paddleboards, kayaks and paddleboats.
Or rent a canoe or paddleboat from the boat rental shop.
The swans at downtown Orlando’s Lake Eola are iconic — there are even swan paddleboats on which to explore the lake.
Tahitian Adventure's two- or four-person outrigger canoes are perfect for a day of snorkeling, swimming or combing the islands' rocky beaches, and the company's stand-up paddleboats (from one to 10 people) are great for families and groups.
The body of a boater who drowned after a paddleboat overturned on the Delaware River has been recovered.
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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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