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From live + aboard.


liveaboard (not comparable)

  1. Relating to a boat designed or modified to allow people to live on board.


liveaboard (plural liveaboards)

  1. (US) A person who lives on a boat.
    • 1975, From Tiller to Typwriter, The Rudder, Volume 91, page 227,
      “We′re going to move aboard, sail around the world and do some writing,” the letter goes. “How are our chances?” It′s a common question from readers who know that my husband and I support our liveaboard life through writing and photography.
    • 1978, San Diego Magazine, page 110,
      This marina is the closest to the ocean and has a surprisingly liberal liveaboard policy (10 percent of the total population; children, pets, okay).
    • 2000, David Schaefer, Sailing to Hemingway′s Cuba, page 40,
      Pat and Kelly′s was the haven for the liveaboard community and had acquired a legendary reputation for a salty ambiance involving a couple of parrots, a raccoon, dogs and independent liveaboards who had little time for established governments.
    • 2008, Zoe Simpson, A Matter of Degree, Fossil-Imprints, UK, page 132,
      ‘None of the boats around you have liveaboards, do they?’ put in Mum.
  2. (US) A boat designed or modified to allow people to live on board, compared to similar boats which do not have this feature.
    • 1999, John Newman, Michael Newman, Scuba Diving & Snorkeling for Dummies, page 219,
      Liveaboards come in all kinds of shapes and sizes: monohulls, catamarans, and trimarans, from less than 30 feet to over 100. A liveaboard serves as hotel, restaurant, and dive shop all in one — and sometimes even as a photoprocessing lab, too.

Usage notes[edit]

  • The term is not normally used for houseboats, as it is assumed that they are already designed for this use.