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noun Slang.
  1. a highly attractive or desirable person.
  2. anything considered as highly desirable of its kind: His new car is a dreamboat.

Origin of dreamboat

First recorded in 1935–40; dream + boat
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  1. old-fashioned, slang an exceptionally attractive person or thing, esp a person of the opposite sex
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Word Origin and History for dreamboat

"romantically desirable person," 1947, from dream (n.) + boat (n.). "When My Dream Boat Comes Home" was the title of a 1936 song credited to Guy Lombardo.

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