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houseboat

[hous-boht] /ˈhaʊsˌboʊt/
noun
1.
a flat-bottomed, bargelike boat fitted for use as a floating dwelling but not for rough water.
verb (used without object)
2.
to travel or live on a houseboat.
Origin of houseboat
1780-1790
First recorded in 1780-90; house + boat
Related forms
houseboater, noun
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Examples from the Web for houseboat
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  • 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 Rabindranath Tagore
  • 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.

    Madge Morton's Secret

    Amy D. V. Chalmers
  • The voices were not those of any member of the houseboat party.

    Madge Morton's Secret

    Amy D. V. Chalmers
  • Now her prow was just across the line of the stern of the houseboat.

    Madge Morton's Secret

    Amy D. V. Chalmers
  • We have drifted from land in a houseboat and ask you to take us aboard.

    Madge Morton's Secret

    Amy D. V. Chalmers
  • Does everyone in the houseboat crowd look as well as you do?

    Madge Morton's Secret

    Amy D. V. Chalmers
  • I wish that Tom had not asked us to invite her to the houseboat this afternoon.

    Madge Morton's Secret

    Amy D. V. Chalmers
British Dictionary definitions for houseboat

houseboat

/ˈhaʊsˌbəʊt/
noun
1.
a stationary boat or barge used as a home
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Word Origin and History for houseboat
n.

1790, from house (n.) + boat (n.).

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