[lawng-boht, long-]

noun Nautical.

(formerly) the largest boat carried by a sailing ship.

Origin of longboat

First recorded in 1505–15; long1 + boat
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Examples from the Web for longboat

Historical Examples of longboat

  • So, in the longboat, which was provided with a sail, they started.

    Keziah Coffin

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • A hundred miles they sailed in the longboat and, at last, the second island was sighted.

    Keziah Coffin

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • The survivors ran her in after dark, anchored, and reached shore in the longboat.

    Keziah Coffin

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • The Dutch crew was ordered into the longboat, and bidden go to the devil.

    Captain Blood

    Rafael Sabatini

  • I like to think that I was in no hurry to get into the longboat.

    A Day's Ride

    Charles James Lever

British Dictionary definitions for longboat



the largest boat carried aboard a commercial sailing vessel
another term for longship
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