boat

[boht]

noun

verb (used without object)

to go in a boat: We boated down the Thames.

verb (used with object)

to transport in a boat: They boated us across the bay.
to remove (an oar) from the water and place athwartships.Compare ship1(def 10).

Nearby words

  1. boas, franz,
  2. boast,
  3. boaster,
  4. boastful,
  5. boastfully,
  6. boat bug,
  7. boat deck,
  8. boat drill,
  9. boat hook,
  10. boat nail

Idioms

Origin of boat

before 900; Middle English boot (noun), Old English bāt; cognate with Old Norse beit

Related formsboat·a·ble, adjectiveboat·less, adjective

Can be confusedbarge boat canoe cruise ship sailboat ship yacht

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British Dictionary definitions for boat

boat

noun

a small vessel propelled by oars, paddle, sails, or motor for travelling, transporting goods, etc, esp one that can be carried aboard a larger vessel
(not in technical use) another word for ship
navy a submarine
a container for gravy, sauce, etc
a small boat-shaped container for incense, used in some Christian churches
in the same boat sharing the same problems
burn one's boats See burn 1 (def. 19)
miss the boat to lose an opportunity
push the boat out British informal to celebrate, esp lavishly and expensively
rock the boat informal to cause a disturbance in the existing situation

verb

(intr) to travel or go in a boat, esp as a form of recreation
(tr) to transport or carry in a boat

Word Origin for boat

Old English bāt; related to Old Norse beit boat

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Word Origin and History for boat

boat

n.

Old English bat "boat, ship, vessel," from Proto-Germanic *bait- (cf. Old Norse batr, Dutch boot, German Boot), possibly from PIE root *bheid- "to split" (see fissure), with the sense of making a boat by hollowing out a tree trunk; or it may be an extension of the name for some part of a ship. French bateau "boat" is from Old English or Norse. Spanish batel, Italian battello, Medieval Latin batellus likewise probably are from Germanic.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with boat

boat

see burn one's bridges (boats); in the same boat; miss the boat; rock the boat.

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