General English


  • noun a desirable, attractive individual. This item of adolescent slang is a clipping of the colloquial dreamboat.


  • acronym forbyway open to all traffic
    (written as BOAT)
  • noun a road mainly used by the public as a footpath or bridleway on which vehicles are allowed.

Origin & History of “boat”

In origin, the word boat seems to be restricted to northern parts of Europe: Old English bāt and Old Norse beit are the only early examples (German boot was borrowed from them, and French bateau comes from the English word). they point to a common Germanic origin in *bait-. It has been speculated that this may be related to bitt ‘post for fastening ship’s cables’. If true, this could mean that boat originally referred to one or other of the structural members of a wooden vessel.