a boat used to transport passengers, vehicles, etc., across a river or the like.

Origin of ferryboat

First recorded in 1400–50, ferryboat is from the late Middle English word feryboot. See ferry, boat
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Related Words for ferryboat

barge, ferryboat, packet

Examples from the Web for ferryboat

Historical Examples of ferryboat

  • The weather was bad, the ferryboat steamier and smellier than ever.

    Skinner's Dress Suit

    Henry Irving Dodge

  • On the ferryboat, as they crossed to Hoboken, he was more sociable.

    Tom Slade on a Transport

    Percy Keese Fitzhugh

  • The ferryboat was well on her way when a violent storm arose.

  • He reached the water's edge, and hailed the ferryboat, which was then on the other side of the river.


    William Harrison Ainsworth

  • Noon found him in the city named and he crossed the river on the ferryboat.

    Randy of the River

    Horatio Alger Jr.