- a small, armed warship of light draft, used in ports where the water is shallow.
- any small ship carrying mounted guns.
Origin of gunboat
Related Words for gunboatbucket, jar, bottle, package, canister, frigate, destroyer, corvette, battleship, submarine, gunboat, cutter, vessel, receptacle, cannikin, aluminum, tin, dreadnaught, cruiser, dreadnought
Examples from the Web for gunboat
Historical Examples of gunboat
Their gunboat Marmaris was sunk, and the transport Masul captured.
She witnessed the first embarkation in a gunboat at Sheerness.The Last Voyage
Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
It was a swordfish and he resembled a gunboat with purple outriggers.Tales of Fishes
The 'Langford' knocked out the gunboat 'Smith' in three rounds.
At a signal from the brig, made by waving a flag on the forecastle, the gunboat was stopped.'Twixt Land & Sea
- a small shallow-draft vessel carrying mounted guns and used by coastal patrols, etc