a steamship, esp. a relatively small one for use on inland waterways
A steamship, especially one used on rivers and other inland waterways.
- A boat or vessel propelled by steam power.
- 1870 By and by the steamboat intruded. Then for fifteen or twenty years, these men continued to run their keelboats down-stream, and the steamers did all of the upstream business, the keelboatmen selling their boats in New Orleans, and returning home as deck passengers in the steamers. "” Mark Twain, Life on the Mississippi, Chapter 3.