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
Recent Examples on the Web Resort reps welcomed me upon arrival and loaded my boards and bags onto a brand-new speedboat with the Kingfisher Resort logo splashed on its side. Michael Robinson Chavez, Washington Post, 9 Aug. 2023 Seemingly, the shoes were a touch too tricky for Peltz to navigate; later on in the day, she was spotted being carried down a boardwalk to a waiting speedboat by Brooklyn, wearing fairly unstable orange sliders and Nike swoosh socks. Laura Hawkins, Vogue, 28 July 2023 Under the helipad lies a garage with space for a 40-foot speedboat and three other tenders. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 25 July 2023 Fortunately, my speedboat won’t be hanging around that long. Will Knight, WIRED, 25 July 2023 In one set of pictures taken in March, the pair were filming in the English countryside, while Diaz was also pictured filming scenes on a speedboat in the River Thames in February. Jen Juneau, Peoplemag, 13 Apr. 2023 Travelers will be able to choose a speedboat that can hold anywhere from three to eight people. Christine Burroni, Travel + Leisure, 28 June 2023 In the instance captured on video, twelve asylum seekers fleeing wars in Africa, including a number of children, were kidnapped on Lesvos by unknown men dressed in black, then taken by speedboat to a Coast Guard craft. Nicolas Niarchos, The New Yorker, 26 June 2023 The rupture raced down the fault at nearly 2 miles per second, sending pressure waves rippling outward through the earth like the wake of a speedboat. WIRED, 15 June 2023 See More

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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 22 Sep. 2023.

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

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