Definition of monkey boat in English:

monkey boat

Pronunciation /ˈmʌŋkɪ bəʊt/


  • 1Any of various kinds of small boat used as a tender, tow-boat, etc., especially in a port.

  • 2A narrowboat used on a canal.


Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Peter Simmonds (1814–1897), newsagent and journalist. From monkey + boat.