- a flat-bottomed, bargelike boat fitted for use as a floating dwelling but not for rough water.
- to travel or live on a houseboat.
Origin of houseboat
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Examples from the Web for houseboat
Some time later, Giovanditto took D and two other male students for a ride on a houseboat he had rented.Murder in Celebration, Florida: The Victim’s Secret Life
Barbara Spindel, Maria Elena Fernandez
September 10, 2012
Both in town and country, the riffraff of the houseboat element are in disfavor.Afloat on the Ohio
Reuben Gold Thwaites
Another time I had accompanied my father on a trip on the Ganges in his houseboat.My Reminiscences
Dick, when I buy a houseboat I'm going to engage you as captain.The Rover Boys on the Farm
Arthur M. Winfield (AKA Edward Stratemeyer)
The houseboat was now only a little more than a quarter of a mile from the beach.
The voices were not those of any member of the houseboat party.
- a stationary boat or barge used as a home
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Word Origin and History for houseboat
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