Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to navigation Jump to search
See also: ferry-boat and ferry boat


This small open ferryboat is used on the Hampton Ferry across the River Thames

Alternative forms[edit]


ferry +‎ boat



ferryboat (plural ferryboats)

  1. (nautical) A boat used to ferry passengers, vehicles, or goods across open water, especially one that runs to a regular schedule
    • 1893, James Wells Goodwin, Peyton Boyle, Robert Desty, The Federal reporter, Vol. 54, page 206
      He insists that it is practically undisputed that, when the ferryboat crossed the bow of the tug to make her slip, she crossed at a distance of at least 300 feet away
    • 1940, LIFE, Sep 2, 1940, page 59
      The ferryboat "Argentina" rides toward Golden Gate, her ocean-going prow slicing the waves.
    • 1983, Mary Stiles Kline, George Albert Bayless, Ferryboats: a legend on Puget Sound, link
      It was on this vessel that the founder of the second largest ferryboat company on Puget Sound...


  • Sicilian: ferrubbottu
  • Turkish: feribot