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[moh-ter-boht] /ˈmoʊ tərˌboʊt/
a boat propelled by an inboard or outboard motor.
verb (used without object)
to travel in or operate a motorboat:
to motorboat from Hyannis to Martha's Vineyard.
Origin of motorboat
1900-05; motor + boat
Related forms
motorboater, noun Unabridged
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  • To make the Aspinwall lock on schedule time is always cause for joy by the humble owner of a motorboat.

  • The latter looked at the motorboat for a moment, and then began to laugh, too.

    The Girls of Central High in Camp Gertrude W. Morrison
  • An hour slipped away when the exhaust of a motorboat, evidently coming at high speed, echoed through the lowlands.

  • “It looks like the Flyer,” said Helen, who knew the lines of every motorboat on the lake.

    Helen in the Editor's Chair Ruthe S. Wheeler
  • It really is a gas engine; like the engine of an automobile, a motorboat, or an airplane.

    Natural Wonders Edwin Tenney Brewster
  • I guess he was just walking around, and when he saw the motorboat it sort of frightened him.

    Tom Fairfield in Camp Allen Chapman
  • “Better thank Sally here,” replied the captain, giving orders for the motorboat to be taken in tow.

    Guilt of the Brass Thieves Mildred A. Wirt
  • Ive got a motorboat, and, if you like, Ill take you for a ride in that.

British Dictionary definitions for motorboat


any boat powered by a motor
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