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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a boatload of publicity for the new handheld devices

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But this year, the Red Sox and Dodgers proved that sometimes, the key to winning sometimes comes down to a simple tenet: have a boatload of money—and know how to spend it wisely. Brian Costa, WSJ, "Red Sox, Dodgers Prove Money Still Matters in Baseball," 22 Oct. 2018 Los Angeles has a boatload of weapons for Rivers to play with., "Fantasy Football Preseason Reports: A Scout’s Take on Every Team," 5 July 2018 My role was to edit, to make a boatload of stuff cohesive and pleasing to the eye. Douglas Brenner, House Beautiful, "Alexander Doherty on Creating a Colorful Manhattan Apartment with Character," 2 Nov. 2012 Photo: McNair Evans for The Wall Street Journal Virtual reality is attracting boatloads of venture-capital funding, but payments are perhaps even more beloved by the funds that provide growth money to startups. Peter Rudegeair, WSJ, "The College Dropouts Who Rode Credit Cards Into The Billion-Dollar Startup Club," 5 Oct. 2018 Revenue neutral versus a boatload of new investment Despite what its opponents on the left often said, in terms of its income effects, 732 was progressive — strongly so, maybe more so than the policy now being proposed in its stead. David Roberts, Vox, "Washington votes no on a carbon tax — again," 6 Nov. 2018 Sure, Apple sold a boatload of iPhones in the holiday quarter and made a mint. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "How Apple profits from selling you iPhones with little storage," 3 Feb. 2018 Trying to understand health insurance can be like learning a foreign language that might cost you a boatload of money if anything gets lost in translation. Mattie Quinn, SELF, "How to Get Birth Control and STI Testing If You’re on Your Parent’s Insurance," 5 Dec. 2018 In fact, speculation arose in recent seasons that certain teams had even begun manipulating their payrolls, refraining from major expenditures to have boatloads of money available to make a big splash now. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "The Best Free-Agent Class in Baseball History Has Lost Its Luster," 7 Nov. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of boatload

: an amount or number that will fill a boat

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