whale·​boat ˈ(h)wāl-ˌbōt How to pronounce whaleboat (audio)
: a long narrow rowboat made with both ends sharp and raking, often steered with an oar, and formerly used by whalers for hunting whales
: 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 On July 20, 1775, Major Joseph Vose and sixty Continental soldiers landed on Little Brewster in nimble whaleboats. Dorothy Wickenden, The New Yorker, 30 Oct. 2023 When a prime specimen was chosen, the men set off in a whaleboat rowed by a crew. Nancy Lord, Anchorage Daily News, 12 Nov. 2022 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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Word History

First Known Use

1682, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of whaleboat was in 1682

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“Whaleboat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whaleboat. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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whale·​boat ˈhwā(ə)l-ˌbōt How to pronounce whaleboat (audio)
: a long narrow rowboat formerly used by whalers for hunting whales
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