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  1. a small, fast boat.
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Origin of flyboat

1570–80; < Dutch vlieboot, equivalent to Vlie (name of a channel along the North Sea island of Vlieland) + boot boat; vlie later altered by association with fly1
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Historical Examples of flyboat

  • Later in the voyage Sydney's flyboat foundered; but he and all his soldiers were rescued.

    Great Ralegh

    Hugh De Selincourt

  • The 17th, the flyboat Liefde returned to the Manhathans with the Swedish prisoners.

  • Seest thou the flyboat that but late came to join our fleet, and knowest thou who it is upon it that twangs the viol every day?

  • The captain of the flyboat, seeing the skiff coming up and Lamme rowing like a demon, had a ladder dropped from the deck.

British Dictionary definitions for flyboat


  1. any small swift boat
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