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  1. a steam-driven vessel, especially a small one or one used on inland waters.
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Origin of steamboat

An Americanism dating back to 1775–85; steam + boat
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Related Words

dinghy, canoe, sailboat, yacht, craft, barge, raft, ship, catamaran, schooner, gondola, bottom, hulk, launch, skiff, bucket, bark, ark, lifeboat, ketch

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  • The same that dove with the young woman under the steamboat paddles.


    Thomas Wentworth Higginson

  • Next summer a steamboat was fitted out for the purpose, and the cable was submerged.

  • Mr. Martin then went to Detroit, where he worked a year on the steamboat Wisconsin.

  • When the steamboat arrived at Dawson, White Fang went ashore.

    White Fang

    Jack London

  • But he conceived the idea of a steamboat and set to work to make one.

    The Age of Invention

    Holland Thompson

British Dictionary definitions for steamboat


  1. a boat powered by a steam engine
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Word Origin and History for steamboat


1787, from steam + boat (n.).

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