As nouns the difference between melodrama and tugboat
is that melodrama
is while tugboat
is a small, powerful boat (a "tugship" in other languages) used to push or pull barges or to help maneuver larger vessels.
(archaic, uncountable) A kind of drama having a musical accompaniment to intensify the effect of certain scenes.
(countable) A drama abounding in romantic sentiment and agonizing situations, with a musical accompaniment only in parts which are especially thrilling or pathetic. In opera, a passage in which the orchestra plays a somewhat descriptive accompaniment, while the actor speaks; as, the melodrama in the grave digging scene of Beethoven's "Fidelio".
(uncountable, figuratively, colloquial) Any situation or action which is blown out of proportion.
A small, powerful boat (a "tugship" in other languages) used to push or pull barges or to help maneuver larger vessels.