tugboat

[ tuhg-boht ]
/ ˈtʌgˌboʊt /

noun

a small, powerful boat for towing or pushing ships, barges, etc.

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Also called towboat, tug.

Origin of tugboat

An Americanism dating back to 1820–30; tug + boat
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