speed·boat | \ˈspēd-ˌbōt \

Definition of speedboat 

: a fast launch or motorboat

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speedboating \ˈspēd-ˌbō-tiŋ \ noun

Synonyms for speedboat


motorboat, powerboat

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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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These days the islands are mostly unpopulated, a haven for speedboat day-trippers from the mainland. Mark Orwoll, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Way to Island Hop in Thailand," 14 June 2018 That same morning, a 90-minute drive away, men in hoods entered a guarded compound and stole a speedboat that had been confiscated and held in evidence, along with a truck to pull it. Washington Post, "In a corner of Spain, a struggle to stop drug smuggling," 3 Apr. 2018 Separately, nine people, including six children, died Sunday after a speedboat carrying 15 refugees sank off the coast of Turkey’s southern province of Antalya, the Turkish coast guard said. Washington Post, "World Digest: June 3, 2018," 3 June 2018 This might be Jaguar’s most exciting news about their speedboat game, but it’s hardly their first foray into electric transportation. Shoshana Wodinsky, The Verge, "Jaguar broke a world record with this tiny electric boat," 15 June 2018 Business was good enough at his insurance company to pay for a five-bedroom house outside Indianapolis, a speedboat tied up at a nearby lake and a closet stuffed with designer suits. Kyle Swenson, chicagotribune.com, "Indiana man missing for decades before being found in Florida thanks to ancestry website now owes abandoned family nearly $2 million," 31 May 2018 Its corals have been decimated by the suffocating clouds of sand and sediment churned up by speedboats. NBC News, "Ailing Thai beach made famous by Leonardo DiCaprio film gets tourist timeout," 31 May 2018 In front of him, on the Rio Grande, the Border Patrol’s marine unit zoomed past in speedboats. Kevin Sieff, Washington Post, "The Border Patrol tries to win over Hispanic communities — by singing love songs in Spanish," 24 May 2018 Kevin Brown, a 37-year-old wealthy entrepreneur from Rocky River, Ohio, near Cleveland, was killed instantly when his 32-foot catamaran speedboat flipped over and crashed. Washington Post, "Friend’s death at Trump resort odd irony in Ohio Senate race," 20 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of speedboat

1911, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of speedboat was in 1911

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English Language Learners Definition of speedboat

: a motorboat that can go very fast


speed·boat | \ˈspēd-ˌbōt \

Kids Definition of speedboat

: a motorboat designed to go fast

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