whaleboat

noun
whale·​boat | \ ˈ(h)wāl-ˌbōt How to pronounce whaleboat (audio) \

Definition of whaleboat

1 : a long narrow rowboat made with both ends sharp and raking, often steered with an oar, and formerly used by whalers for hunting whales
2 : a long narrow rowboat or motorboat resembling the original whaleboats and often carried by warships and merchant ships

Examples of whaleboat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Setauket whaleboat captain Caleb Brewster, meanwhile, carried messages across Long Island Sound, between Setauket and Connecticut. Bill Bleyer, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 Mar. 2022 Mitch Brown, 27, and his girlfriend Yanna Xian, 24, were swimming on a whaleboat tour when a baby humpback approached them. People Staff, PEOPLE.com, 10 Jan. 2022

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First Known Use of whaleboat

1682, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of whaleboat was in 1682

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Last Updated

1 Apr 2022

Cite this Entry

“Whaleboat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whaleboat. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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