boat·​load | \ ˈbōt-ˌlōd How to pronounce boatload (audio) \

Definition of boatload

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

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Examples of boatload in a Sentence

a boatload of publicity for the new handheld devices
Recent Examples on the Web Cub reporting should be taken not with a grain of salt but with a boatload. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "Yale Teaches World Art," 6 Feb. 2020 While Combs has been awarded with a boatload of awards and accolades of late; this is a first for the 29-year-old singer-songwriter from North Carolina. Jim Asker, Billboard, "The Year in Country Charts 2019: Luke Combs Is Top Artist, Nabs Top Album," 5 Dec. 2019 Most Power 5 teams load their early schedule with a boatload of home games. Michelle Gardner, azcentral, "ASU men's basketball returns to action, but remains on the road," 2 Dec. 2019 There are promising young players on the list, too, none with a boatload of hype but all with high expectations of progress. Matt Eppers, USA TODAY, "NBA preview: 25 most interesting players for the 2019-20 season," 15 Oct. 2019 The stock closed on Thursday at $481.34, and those who held on made a boatload. Erik Sherman, Fortune, "Short-Sellers Took on Tesla and Elon Musk in 2019—and Lost Their Shirts," 10 Jan. 2020 Hooper projects to make boatloads of money in free agency. Brad Biggs,, "Bears Q&A: Will a healthy offense show some life? Is Leonard Floyd trending toward being a bust? What position is best for Alex Bars?," 16 Oct. 2019 Disney’s remake of The Lion King may have made a boatload of money, earning over $1 billion globally since its release in July, but there’s one person who wasn’t a fan: Elton John. Dave Quinn,, "Elton John Slams Disney’s Remake of The Lion King: 'They Messed the Music Up'," 16 Oct. 2019 The mild wildfire season saved Northwest firefighting agencies a boatload of money, too. oregonlive, "Summer 2019: the Oregon wildfire season that wasn’t," 4 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of boatload

1625, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of boatload was in 1625

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13 Feb 2020

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“Boatload.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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: an amount or number that will fill a boat

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