- 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 gunboatsbucket, jar, bottle, package, canister, frigate, destroyer, corvette, battleship, submarine, gunboat, cutter, vessel, receptacle, cannikin, aluminum, tin, dreadnaught, cruiser, dreadnought
Examples from the Web for gunboats
Historical Examples of gunboats
But now the hearts of the soldiers were cheered with the news that the gunboats were coming.Winning His Way
Charles Carleton Coffin
Those your gunboats poke her nose and shove her oar in every place.Soldiers Three, Part II.
The Cumberland answered, and the Congress, and their gunboats and shore batteries.
The head of his column was set for the James, for Harrison's Landing and the gunboats.
He saw four gunboats on the river; they were throwing the long, howling shells.
- a small shallow-draft vessel carrying mounted guns and used by coastal patrols, etc