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 Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps operates flotillas of small speedboats that, despite their small size, pose an outsized threat to U.S. ships. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Iran Just Claimed Control Over the Persian Gulf. Here’s How They’d Defend It.," 27 Aug. 2018 The owner of the island will need a speedboat or helicopter to reach it, but prospective buyers don't seem to mind High Island's remote nature. Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "There's a Private Island in Ireland on the Market For $1.4 Million," 22 Feb. 2019 Early adopters persuaded residents to invest in a speedboat service and opened a dive center, both unprofitable at first but necessary to avert negative online reviews. Niharika Mandhana, WSJ, "Maldives, a Destination for the 1%, Chases the Backpacker Buck," 10 Feb. 2019 New ammunition with proximity fuses is being developed to counter swarms of small armed boats, exploding in the air and peppering hostile, speedboat-sized ships with lethal shrapnel. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The USS Fitzgerald Is Built to Take Abuse," 19 June 2017 In the 1980s, cocaine from Colombia was smuggled via speedboats, and bales of marijuana were flown in on small planes, but now fentanyl from China can be marketed online and shipped by mail. Carla K. Johnson, The Seattle Times, "Q&A: Feds tackle opioid epidemic, but is it helping?," 28 Jan. 2019 Take the island of Koh Russey and its new Alila Villas Koh Russey resort, a 15-minute speedboat ride from the mainland. Sanjay Surana, WSJ, "Cambodia: The Chicest New Beach Destination in Asia," 15 Jan. 2019 Most of these boats are not warships, but small speedboats. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Iran Just Claimed Control Over the Persian Gulf. Here’s How They’d Defend It.," 27 Aug. 2018 Fishermen Renzo Rossi, 59, and Natalino Gavagnin, 63, died after their fishing boat was struck by a speedboat late Friday evening. Erin Florio, Condé Nast Traveler, "Three Dead After Weekend Boating Accidents on Venice Canal," 6 Aug. 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 How to pronounce speedboat (audio) \

Kids Definition of speedboat

: a motorboat designed to go fast

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