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[keel-boht] /ˈkilˌboʊt/
a roughly built, shallow freight boat, having a keel to permit sailing into the wind.
Origin of keelboat
1685-95; keel1 or keel2 + boat Unabridged
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Examples from the web for keelboat
  • It was from this camp that the explorers also sent the keelboat and several expedition members back down the river.
  • More than once, the expedition's keelboat narrowly escaped destruction.
  • The park also has life size keelboat and pirogue replicas.
  • Those who visit all nine of these sites will receive a keelboat pin.
  • Reverse: an angled, side-view of the keelboat with full sail.
British Dictionary definitions for keelboat


a river boat with a shallow draught and a keel, used for freight and moved by towing, punting, or rowing
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Word Origin and History for keelboat

1690s, from keel + boat.

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