a roughly built, shallow freight boat, having a keel to permit sailing into the wind.
a river boat with a shallow draught and a keel, used for freight and moved by towing, punting, or rowing
1690s, from keel + boat.
[keel-boht-muh n] /ˈkilˌboʊt mən/ noun, plural keelboatmen. 1. a member of the crew of a .
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[keel] /kil/ noun 1. Nautical. a central fore-and-aft structural member in the bottom of a hull, extending from the stem to the sternpost and having the floors or frames attached to it, usually at right angles: sometimes projecting from the bottom of the hull to provide stability. 2. Literary. a ship or boat. 3. a […]
[kee-lee] /ˈki li/ noun 1. Leslie Enraught [en-rawt] /ˈɛn rɔt/ (Show IPA), 1834–1900, U.S. physician.