stern-wheel·​er ˈstərn-ˈ(h)wē-lər How to pronounce stern-wheeler (audio)
: a steamboat driven by a single paddle wheel at the stern

Examples of stern-wheeler in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The rear of the boat, where the Dixie II has its paddle wheel, is the stern, and that’s why she may be called a stern-wheeler. Reed Parsell, Sacramento Bee, 25 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1855, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of stern-wheeler was in 1855

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“Stern-wheeler.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a paddle-wheel steamer having a stern wheel instead of side wheels
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