houseboat

[ hous-boht ]
/ ˈhaʊsˌboʊt /
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noun

a flat-bottomed, bargelike boat fitted for use as a floating dwelling but not for rough water.

verb (used without object)

to travel or live on a houseboat.

Origin of houseboat

First recorded in 1780–90; house + boat
Related formshouse·boat·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for houseboat

houseboat

/ (ˈhaʊsˌbəʊt) /

noun

a stationary boat or barge used as a home
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Word Origin and History for houseboat

houseboat


n.

1790, from house (n.) + boat (n.).

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