Definition of johnboat in US English:



North American
  • A small flat-bottomed boat with square ends, used chiefly on inland waterways.

    • ‘Fieldwork was planned to coincide with high tides, which allowed the johnboat to travel closer to the marsh edge and further up tributary creeks.’
    • ‘I glanced at the three loose shotgun shells on the front seat and the flat-hulled, fatigue-green johnboat on the trailer.’
    • ‘We rolled out in two green johnboats and were soon in warm sunshine along open, sweeping bends in the river.’