pad·​dle·​boat | \ˈpa-dᵊl-ˌbōt \

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

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Jumping off the pier or chugging along in the paddleboat is the daytime pastime, not video games or Netflix. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin's highest point - Timm's Hill - is a quiet escape away from everything," 5 July 2018 Vyacheslav Barkanov, a medical examiner investigating the case, said the captain of the paddleboat was drunk, the state news agency Tass reported. Fox News, "11 dead as boats collide in Russian city hosting World Cup," 13 June 2018 According to a statement from regional emergency officials, a barge being pulled by a towboat collided with a paddleboat carrying 16 people on a sightseeing tour. Fox News, "11 dead as boats collide in Russian city hosting World Cup," 13 June 2018 Take a relaxing paddleboat ride on the large pond on its east end. Dana Oland, idahostatesman, "Boise parks guide: What's new, what's coming, where to picnic | Idaho Statesman," 21 May 2018 The fun kicks off this weekend when, weather permitting, Naperville Park District opens the quarry for paddleboat and kayak rentals. Suzanne Baker, Naperville Sun, "With start of summer, Naperville offering movies, markets, boats and beaches," 12 May 2018 Paddle Fest Try out canoes, kayaks and stand-up paddleboats, as well as contests, games, live music, clinics and demonstrations. azcentral, "A guide to all spring festivals in Phoenix from April through May," 6 Mar. 2018 Their pond holds an old pumphouse, deck and paddleboat for the summer months. Taylor M. Riley, The Courier-Journal, "Don’t let this Louisville farmhouse fool you. Inside it’s a nautical getaway," 12 Apr. 2018 Kayaks, standup paddle boards and paddleboats are available for use at your leisure. Shayne Benowitz, miamiherald, "How to spend four days island-hopping in the Florida Keys | Miami Herald," 10 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of paddleboat

1832, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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