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[moh-ter-boht] /ˈmoʊ tərˌboʊt/
a boat propelled by an inboard or outboard motor.
verb (used without object)
to travel in or operate a motorboat:
to motorboat from Hyannis to Martha's Vineyard.
Origin of motorboat
First recorded in 1900-05; motor + boat
Related forms
motorboater, noun Unabridged
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  • So I dismissed my motorboat and grimly turned to scows instead.

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
  • What a change had come over the harbor since I had met that motorboat.

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
  • The motorboat must come in behind the spy boat and cut off retreat.

    The Secret Wireless

    Lewis E. Theiss
  • The latter looked at the motorboat for a moment, and then began to laugh, too.

    The Girls of Central High in Camp Gertrude W. Morrison
  • In this volume the boys take to a motorboat, and have many adventures.

  • “It looks like the Flyer,” said Helen, who knew the lines of every motorboat on the lake.

    Helen in the Editor's Chair

    Ruthe S. Wheeler
  • He tried to run down to his motorboat but made a bad job of that, for he only waddled.

  • The motorboat, which had been well crated up, was to go by freight.

    Tom Fairfield in Camp Allen Chapman
British Dictionary definitions for motorboat


any boat powered by a motor
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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