- a small, fast boat.
Origin of flyboat
1570–80; < Dutch vlieboot, equivalent to Vlie (name of a channel along the North Sea island of Vlieland) + boot boat; vlie later altered by association with fly1
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Examples from the Web for flyboat
Later in the voyage Sydney's flyboat foundered; but he and all his soldiers were rescued.Great Ralegh
Hugh De Selincourt
The 17th, the flyboat Liefde returned to the Manhathans with the Swedish prisoners.Narrative of New Netherland
Seest thou the flyboat that but late came to join our fleet, and knowest thou who it is upon it that twangs the viol every day?
The captain of the flyboat, seeing the skiff coming up and Lamme rowing like a demon, had a ladder dropped from the deck.
- any small swift boat
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