paddle steamer



a vessel propelled by paddle wheels and driven by steam.

Origin of paddle steamer

First recorded in 1885–90 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for paddle steamer

Historical Examples of paddle steamer

  • All the power expended in the production of this great stream is, in the case of the paddle-steamer, entirely lost.

  • Perhaps in a boat at the mouth of the Rion, listening for the mill-wheels of a paddle-steamer to grind the slow grit of distance.


    R. D. Blackmore

  • In the afternoon she missed a paddle-steamer which managed to save herself by beaching.

  • She is somewhat of a semi-twin type, one-third wider than the ordinary sailing ship, but not so wide as a paddle-steamer.

  • The remainder sailed on board the paddle-steamer London, a vessel quite as unsuited for the purpose as the Melazzo.