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

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There are canoes and paddleboats (free for guests to use; guided kayak tours cost extra), a fitness center, yoga on the lawn every day, and a short hiking trail that leads to the top of Mount Merritt. Pamela Wright,, "Bring on the sing-alongs and s’mores at Sebasco Harbor Resort," 3 Sep. 2019 This three-day event offers family activities including a parade, paddleboat rides on Coe Lake, an outdoor movie, live entertainment and food vendors. Greg Burnett,, "Fourth of July celebrations in and around Cleveland," 27 June 2019 During summer, scenic cruises run along Lake McDonald; kayaks, canoes, rowboats, and paddleboats are also available for rent. National Geographic, "A guide to Glacier National Park," 17 Apr. 2019 First, soak in your Zen-like surroundings by biking along four miles of paved trails (there are bike rentals available) or going out on the lake in a paddleboat or kayak. Kristi Valentini, Redbook, "The No-Fly, All-Fun Vacation," 13 July 2017 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

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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

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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