gunboat

[ guhn-boht ]
/ ˈgʌnˌboʊt /

noun

a small, armed warship of light draft, used in ports where the water is shallow.
any small ship carrying mounted guns.

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Origin of gunboat

First recorded in 1770–80; gun1 + boat
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British Dictionary definitions for gunboat

gunboat
/ (ˈɡʌnˌbəʊt) /

noun

a small shallow-draft vessel carrying mounted guns and used by coastal patrols, etc
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