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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Denny has more than just his grandpa to stick around for; he and Lizzie hop into a paddleboat, then head to Jack's bar for some food. Sara Netzley,, 20 July 2022 The family-friendly Grindstone Festival returns July 3-4, offering paddleboat rides on Coe Lake, live music, inflatables and food. cleveland, 28 June 2022 Sabrenia and Espen Jervsjo used a paddleboat to leave their two-story home to get to the main road and to the resort. Alena Naiden, Anchorage Daily News, 9 May 2022 This encampment on the South Fork of the Caddo River, about 95 miles west of Little Rock, offers complimentary kayaks, tubes, and a paddleboat. Alison Van Houten, Outside Online, 1 Oct. 2020 But in a hunter's miracle, the whitetail instead sniffed the paddleboat and, like a bloodhound, tracked Kevin's footsteps all the way to his tree stand. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 8 Nov. 2021 Or be adventurous with the option of renting a paddleboat, a jet ski or even a boat before or after grabbing some bites. Arlene Borenstein-zuluaga,, 22 Oct. 2021 Guests can also canoe, fish, or rent a paddleboat while out at the river. Priscilla Aguirre, Chron, 17 Sep. 2021 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 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1832, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of paddleboat was in 1832

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“Paddleboat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

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