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[roh-boht] /ˈroʊˌboʊt/
a small boat designed for rowing.
Origin of rowboat
1530-40; row2 + boat Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Then they entered a rowboat at the dock and poled over to the Alice.

    The Putnam Hall Champions Arthur M. Winfield
  • There they found a rowboat, drawn up on the beach a little beyond them.

    A Prisoner of Morro Upton Sinclair
  • The Bluebird covered little outlying nooks, the stragglers, the rowboat men in their beach camps.

    Poor Man's Rock Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • The ship was full of lumber, and they towed the rowboat loaded with grapes.

    Viking Tales Jennie Hall
  • The stern of the rowboat was directly opposite the stern of the Sprite where Jack was sitting.

  • There they jumped out and shoved the rowboat up on the beach.

  • Reaching the rowboat, she took hold of and clung to it, drifting ashore with it.

  • Once there I knew that we could easily run away from any rowboat that they could launch.

    A Middy in Command Harry Collingwood
  • In the rowboat, Claude Harper slowly patrolled the area, keeping an alert watch for the slightest movement amid the grass.

    Guilt of the Brass Thieves Mildred A. Wirt
British Dictionary definitions for rowboat


(US & Canadian) a small boat propelled by one or more pairs of oars Also called (in Britain and other countries) rowing boat
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for rowboat

also row-boat, 1530s, from row (v.) + boat. Cf. Dutch roeiboot.

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