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[fer-ee-boht] /ˈfɛr iˌboʊt/
a boat used to transport passengers, vehicles, etc., across a river or the like.
Origin of ferryboat
late Middle English
First recorded in 1400-50, ferryboat is from the late Middle English word feryboot. See ferry, boat Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The weather was bad, the ferryboat steamier and smellier than ever.

    Skinner's Dress Suit

    Henry Irving Dodge
  • On the ferryboat, as they crossed to Hoboken, he was more sociable.

    Tom Slade on a Transport Percy Keese Fitzhugh
  • The ferryboat was well on her way when a violent storm arose.

  • He reached the water's edge, and hailed the ferryboat, which was then on the other side of the river.

    Rookwood William Harrison Ainsworth
  • Noon found him in the city named and he crossed the river on the ferryboat.

    Randy of the River Horatio Alger Jr.
  • She might have been on a ferryboat going from shore to shore of the Hudson!

  • Alix and Peter watched the others at the railing until the ferryboat turned.

    Sisters Kathleen Norris
  • Then they passed through the narrow gateway upon the ferryboat.

    The Campers Out Edward S. Ellis
  • At first Captain Hewitt didn't want to take the ferryboat out.

    Swatty Ellis Parker Butler
  • There was some sort of landing there at which the ferryboat put up.

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