speed·​boat ˈspēd-ˌbōt How to pronounce speedboat (audio)
: a fast launch or motorboat
speedboating noun

Examples of speedboat in a Sentence

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

First Known Use

1911, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of speedboat was in 1911

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“Speedboat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/speedboat. Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

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speed·​boat ˈspēd-ˌbōt How to pronounce speedboat (audio)
: a fast motorboat

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