speed·​boat | \ ˈspēd-ˌbōt How to pronounce speedboat (audio) \

Definition of speedboat

: a fast launch or motorboat

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Other Words from speedboat

speedboating \ ˈspēd-​ˌbō-​tiŋ How to pronounce speedboating (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for speedboat


motorboat, powerboat, stinkpot [slang]

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Examples of speedboat in a Sentence

speedboats leaving wakes that cause damage to docked vessels and the shoreline

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The Revolutionary Guards operate a fleet of hundreds of small watercraft, from speedboats to Jet Skis, that are involved in nuisance attacks, intimidation displays, and ship seizures orchestrated by Tehran against Western targets. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "U.S. Navy SEALs Have Special Ops Jet Skis," 26 Aug. 2019 The family boarded a speedboat that deposited them back to the land that did not want them. New York Times, "The Schoolteacher and the Genocide," 8 Aug. 2019 Mercury Marine is back this year, this time at the new landing, with three boats; a speedboat, a water sports boat and a pontoon. Nina Bertelsen, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Summerfest 2019: Checking out 7 new things to experience (and eat) at the Big Gig," 27 June 2019 The Priztkers also own a Van Dam boat called the Theodora, a 30-foot wooden speedboat with seats that are robin’s egg blue, Jahns said. Eliza Fawcett, chicagotribune.com, "Gov. Pritzker’s speedboats among most expensive on Geneva Lake," 1 July 2019 After about 30 minutes the American inflatable broke through the circle of fishing boats as sailors fired shots with their small arms, and returned to the destroyer, where Ji-Hoon Kim, one of the speedboat’s crew, was reported missing. The Economist, "China crisis: October 2020," 4 July 2019 The beach is backed by a pine forest, which is almost secondary to the menu of rental recreation: speedboats, jet skis, kayaks and SUP, with parasailing for the daring and pedal boats for the demure. Allen Pierleoni, The Mercury News, "8 spectacular Lake Tahoe beaches for maximum frolic," 30 June 2019 Located 20 minutes from the capital via speedboat, the thatched-roof houses shaded by swaying palm trees appear like a screensaver. Katie Lockhart, National Geographic, "These luxury resorts want to save the Maldives," 5 Apr. 2019 The most convenient route to the Santhiya Koh Phangan Resort & Spa includes a 40-minute speedboat ride from Koh Samui, though visitors can do the 45-minute drive from Koh Phangan pier (but brace yourself for rugged, unpaved roads). Alisha Prakash, USA TODAY, "9 remote resorts in Thailand: Luxurious seclusion for when you want to get lost," 20 June 2019

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First Known Use of speedboat

1911, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of speedboat

: a motorboat that can go very fast


speed·​boat | \ ˈspēd-ˌbōt How to pronounce speedboat (audio) \

Kids Definition of speedboat

: a motorboat designed to go fast

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