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[hous-boht] /ˈhaʊsˌboʊt/
a flat-bottomed, bargelike boat fitted for use as a floating dwelling but not for rough water.
verb (used without object)
to travel or live on a houseboat.
Origin of houseboat
1780-90; house + boat
Related forms
houseboater, noun Unabridged
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  • He arrived drenched to the skin, chuckling hugely at the idea of having come down on a visit to a houseboat in such weather.

    Novel Notes Jerome K. Jerome
  • “We are not going to be on the houseboat this year,” she whispered.

    Madge Morton's Victory Amy D.V. Chalmers
  • He took train to Wimbledon, and thence struck across country in the direction of the houseboat.

    An Old Meerschaum David Christie Murray
  • “You see why I wish to take her on the houseboat,” pleaded Madge.

    Madge Morton's Victory 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
  • Captain Jules was made to stay to luncheon on board the houseboat.

    Madge Morton's Victory Amy D.V. Chalmers
  • But eagerly as the lads gazed up the lake, the houseboat showed no activity.

  • Do Uncle and Aunt want us to leave the houseboat and come home at once?

    Madge Morton's Victory Amy D.V. Chalmers
  • No one had noticed little Tania while the houseboat girls were talking.

    Madge Morton's Victory Amy D.V. Chalmers
British Dictionary definitions for houseboat


a stationary boat or barge used as a home
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for houseboat

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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