Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A boat-shaped carriage slung from a frame, swinging in which is a favorite amusement with young people at fairs, etc.

Etymologies

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Examples

  • Rollo talks a Lot The swing-boat man took Fatty across to the yellow and green caravan.

    The Mystery of the Vanished Prince

  • "Friend of his, " the swing-boat man explained to Old Mum.

    The Mystery of the Vanished Prince

  • "Hallo, Old Mum, " said the swing-boat man, coming up.

    The Mystery of the Vanished Prince

  • "I'll take you along, chum, " said the obliging swing-boat man.

    The Mystery of the Vanished Prince

  • He was about to ask a few more questions when the swing-boat man came up again, leading a brown-faced gipsy boy by the ear.

    The Mystery of the Vanished Prince

  • The swing-boat man shook him like a rat, laughed, and went off again.

    The Mystery of the Vanished Prince

  • The body included two cheap Jacks, a shooting-gallery proprietor and the ladies who loaded the guns, a pair of boxing-masters, a steam-roundabout manager, two travelling broom-makers, who called themselves widows, a gingerbread-stall keeper, a swing-boat owner, and a "test-your-strength" man.

    Jude the Obscure

  • a steam-roundabout manager, two travelling broom-makers, who called themselves widows, a gingerbread-stall keeper, a swing-boat owner, and a "test-your-strength" man.

    Jude the Obscure

  • Sir William’s park presented the usual heart-breaking spectacle of wheel-ruts in the turf, half-unpacked roundabout and swing-boat stuff, and patches of mud where grass should have been.

    The Saltmarsh Murders

  • Bright as a parakeet ....) "unsteady as a swing-boat, silly as a drunkard's dream, tragic as a poem by Massfield ....

    Dangerous Ages

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