tugboat

[ tuhg-boht ]
/ ˈtʌgˌboʊt /
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noun

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

Origin of tugboat

An Americanism dating back to 1820–30; tug + boat
Also called towboat, tug.
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tugboat


n.

1832, from tug (n.) + boat (n.).

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