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[toh-boht] /ˈtoʊˌboʊt/
a diesel-powered or steam-powered boat used especially on inland waterways to push groups of barges lashed to it in front or on one side or both.
Origin of towboat
First recorded in 1805-15; tow1 + boat Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • That towboat tailed us just the same, but we had the satisfaction of fooling him.

    The Seiners James B. (James Brendan) Connolly
  • The towboat and the railroad had done their work, and done it well and completely.

    Life On The Mississippi, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • The towboat men held a council of war and decided to drown Scraggs out.

    Captain Scraggs Peter B. Kyne
  • The Lexington and a towboat were alongside helping to pump her out.

  • The expense is less, as there is the hull of the towboat to buy when separate.

    The houseboat book William F. Waugh
  • I wouldn't let the ship be held up by anybody, least of all a towboat man.

    Cappy Ricks Peter B. Kyne
  • "I tell you, Matt, there isn't the slightest use hanging round for us," Murphy warned the towboat skipper.

    Cappy Ricks Peter B. Kyne
  • "Ain't so sure about that, sir," stated the towboat man, loafing into an easier attitude.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • "Your passenger is not going back with you, sir," he called down over the rail to the towboat captain.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • The towboat man was not enough interested to listen to statements concerning the Conomo's condition.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
British Dictionary definitions for towboat


another word for tug (sense 5)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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