Johnboat definition

jŏnbōt
A small flatbottom boat with square ends, paddled or poled on shallow waterways.
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A flat-bottomed boat with square ends, used on inland waters as for fishing.
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A flat-bottomed boat with a very shallow draft, whose bow and stern are both squared off.

Eddie liked to take his johnboat into the shallow, reedy, sandbars that the out-of-town fishermen, with their big, expensive, fiberglass bassboats, couldn't reach.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
johnboat
Plural:
johnboats

Origin of johnboat

  • Probably from the name John

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition