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gunboat

[guhn-boht] /ˈgʌnˌboʊt/
noun
1.
a small, armed warship of light draft, used in ports where the water is shallow.
2.
any small ship carrying mounted guns.
Origin
1770-1780
1770-80; gun1 + boat
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British Dictionary definitions for gunboats

gunboat

/ˈɡʌnˌbəʊt/
noun
1.
a small shallow-draft vessel carrying mounted guns and used by coastal patrols, etc
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Word Origin and History for gunboats

gunboat

1793, from gun + boat. Gunboat diplomacy is from 1916, originally with reference to Western policies in China.

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Slang definitions & phrases for gunboats

gunboats

noun
  1. A pair of shoes or galoshes, esp of large size: He brought some of the 14EE gunboats with him from the States
  2. A pair of large feet (1886+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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