row·​boat ˈrō-ˌbōt How to pronounce rowboat (audio)
: a small boat designed to be rowed

Examples of rowboat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Trivia is free, registration required for movie: $15 personal kayak, $45 rowboat. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, 12 May 2024 Michigan State Police used a rowboat to reach a 32-year-old Holt man, who had fled police and ended up walking into the Thornapple River in Eaton County early Friday. Jennifer Dixon, Detroit Free Press, 29 Jan. 2024 Recent controversy aside, a rowboat is a throne’s otter. Jay Pilgreen, Kansas City Star, 12 Feb. 2024 But Jen, who grew up two blocks away on 15th Road, remembers her dad also having to take them to school in a rowboat once in a while. Clio Chang, Curbed, 11 Jan. 2024 As the younger children watched from the island, the rowboat capsized, and everyone drowned. Dorothy Wickenden, The New Yorker, 30 Oct. 2023 Related: Travel + Leisure Readers' 5 Favorite Resorts in France of 2023 The 2,500-acre estate is dotted with ponds (the eponymous étangs), and there are rowboats available for guests to use. Nina Caplan, Travel + Leisure, 7 Oct. 2023 The heavy rains caused knee-deep floodwaters in the city’s medical district, where hospital employees were filmed getting to work via rowboat. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, 18 Dec. 2023 One day during World War II, a keeper found six German spies in a rowboat. Sophie Hills, The Christian Science Monitor, 21 Nov. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1502, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rowboat was in 1502

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“Rowboat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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row·​boat ˈrō-ˌbōt How to pronounce rowboat (audio)
: a boat made to be rowed

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