boat Definition

  • 1a small vessel propelled on water by oars, sails, or an engine
  • 2a serving dish in the shape of a boat

Using boat: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "boat" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    We went fishing in a small boat.

  • Example

    The boat was powered by a diesel engine.

  • Example

    She served the soup in a boat-shaped dish.

boat Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for boat

Phrases with boat

  • to miss an opportunity


    I missed the boat on investing in that company.

  • to cause trouble or controversy


    I don't want to rock the boat by bringing up sensitive topics at the meeting.

  • burn one's boats/bridges

    to do something that makes it impossible to go back to a previous situation


    He burned his boats by quitting his job before finding a new one.

Origins of boat

from Old English 'bāt'


Summary: boat in Brief

A 'boat' [boht] is a small vessel that can be propelled by oars, sails, or an engine. It can also refer to a serving dish shaped like a boat. The term is used in phrases like 'miss the boat,' meaning to miss an opportunity, and 'rock the boat,' meaning to cause trouble or controversy.

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