towboat

[toh-boht]
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noun

a diesel-powered or steam-powered boat used especially on inland waterways to push groups of barges lashed to it in front or on one side or both.

Nearby words

  1. towardly,
  2. towards,
  3. towaway,
  4. towaway zone,
  5. towbar,
  6. towel,
  7. towel rack,
  8. towel rail,
  9. towelette,
  10. toweling

Origin of towboat

First recorded in 1805–15; tow1 + boat

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British Dictionary definitions for towboat

towboat

noun

another word for tug (def. 5)
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