boat·​load | \ ˈbōt-ˌlōd \

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

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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 Alongside the boatload of matte lip finishes and liquid lipsticks, a different formula is taking hold. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "14 Lip Tints That Are Pretty, Easy, and Hydrating," 8 Oct. 2018 Each island offers a different deal for enterprising captains: five ginger for two tea, two tea for two chilis, or two cloves for half a boatload of less valuable goods. Owen Duffy, Ars Technica, "Century: Eastern Wonders makes cardboard spice trading fun again," 6 Oct. 2018 One of the most popular ways to see Chicago’s eclectic, rapidly changing skyline is from the river, where buildings rise like Legos as boatloads of tourists sail past dozens of times each day. Hailey Mensik,, "Architecture tours lead the way in bringing visitors to increasingly crowded Chicago River," 5 July 2018 Lil Yachty: Rapper Lil Yachty lends his voice to a boatload of projects other than his own. Heran Mamo, Billboard, "Lil Yachty, Trevor Jackson, Finn Wolfhard & More Talk Balancing Music With Acting at MTV Movie & TV Awards," 18 June 2018 Gasping for air on May 8, the Dodgers were nine games under .500 with a boatload of injures, including shortstop Corey Seager, who was lost for the season. Paul Sullivan,, "Dodgers and Cubs could be headed for another postseason showdown," 17 June 2018 What about the possibility of using their boatload of picks to move up rather than down? Mary Kay Cabot,, "Is it Sam Darnold or Josh Allen for the Browns after their Pro Days? Hey, Mary Kay!," 25 Mar. 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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