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, 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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Enter this mahogany speedboat, which Gaga sat on like the Queen greeting commoners during Trooping of the Colour. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Here's Lady Gaga Living Her Best Life on a Boat for Your Viewing Pleasure," 30 Aug. 2018 Or book a direct transfer from Split via the hotel’s speedboat. Anja Mutić, WSJ, "A Guide to Croatia’s Island Hideouts," 19 July 2018 However, before the sunset, seaside cocktails were enjoyed as guests including Glamour editor in chief Samantha Barry, Huma Abedin, and Dianna Agron arrived via speedboat, cocktails in hand. Vogue, "Selby Drummond and Katie Warner Johnson Cohost the Most Effortlessly Polished Summer Soiree," 16 July 2018 There was no speedboat, no drone footage, no press conference on Treasure Island. Andrew Marantz, The New Yorker, "How Social-Media Trolls Turned U.C. Berkeley Into a Free-Speech Circus," 23 May 2016 Day 3: Get off the island...to another island Just off the northwest coast of Lombok are three white-sand-rimmed dots of land, reachable in just over 30 minutes by speedboat from the jetty at Teluk Nare. Sebastian Modak, Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Days in Lombok, Indonesia," 16 Apr. 2018 After lunch, you will be picked up by a private speedboat to explore the Chao Phraya and the quiet klongs (canals). Antonia Neubauer, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to Asia," 5 Oct. 2016 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

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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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