verb (used without object)
  1. to travel in or operate a motorboat: to motorboat from Hyannis to Martha's Vineyard.

Origin of motorboat

First recorded in 1900–05; motor + boat
Related formsmo·tor·boat·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for motorboat

Contemporary Examples of motorboat

Historical Examples of motorboat

  • So I dismissed my motorboat and grimly turned to scows instead.

    The Harbor

    Ernest Poole

  • What a change had come over the harbor since I had met that motorboat.

    The Harbor

    Ernest Poole

  • The motorboat must come in behind the spy boat and cut off retreat.

    The Secret Wireless

    Lewis E. Theiss

  • The latter looked at the motorboat for a moment, and then began to laugh, too.

  • In this volume the boys take to a motorboat, and have many adventures.

British Dictionary definitions for motorboat


  1. any boat powered by a motor
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