boatload

noun

boat·​load ˈbōt-ˌlōd How to pronounce boatload (audio)
1
: a load that fills a boat
a boatload of passengers
2
: an indefinitely large number or amount
a boatload of criticism
a boatload of money

Examples of boatload in a Sentence

a boatload of publicity for the new handheld devices
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Word History

First Known Use

1625, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of boatload was in 1625

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“Boatload.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/boatload. Accessed 28 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

boatload

noun
boat·​load -ˌlōd How to pronounce boatload (audio)
1
: a load that fills a boat
2
: a large amount
a boatload of money
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