Try Our Apps


The Best Internet Slang


[lawng-boht, long-] /ˈlɔŋˌboʊt, ˈlɒŋ-/
noun, Nautical.
(formerly) the largest boat carried by a sailing ship.
Origin of longboat
First recorded in 1505-15; long1 + boat Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for longboat
Historical Examples
  • So, in the longboat, which was provided with a sail, they started.

    Keziah Coffin Joseph C. Lincoln
  • A hundred miles they sailed in the longboat and, at last, the second island was sighted.

    Keziah Coffin Joseph C. Lincoln
  • The survivors ran her in after dark, anchored, and reached shore in the longboat.

    Keziah Coffin Joseph C. Lincoln
  • The Dutch crew was ordered into the longboat, and bidden go to the devil.

    Captain Blood Rafael Sabatini
  • I like to think that I was in no hurry to get into the longboat.

    A Day's Ride Charles James Lever
  • It was from this quarter that the two boats—the longboat and the jolly-boat—were lowered.

    The Cryptogram William Murray Graydon
  • But the longboat sat high in its chocks; when it did float it might be too late.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • I had got into the longboat with the captain and five others.

    The Lady From The Sea Henrik Ibsen
  • Water and bread and blankets had been hastily passed to the longboat.

    A Wounded Name Charles King
  • The longboat amidships was in a worse condition, being riddled with shot.

    The Two Supercargoes W.H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for longboat


the largest boat carried aboard a commercial sailing vessel
another term for longship
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for longboat

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for longboat

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for longboat