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

Examples of boatload in a Sentence

a boatload of publicity for the new handheld devices
Recent Examples on the Web To buy Twitter, Elon Musk just sold a ton of stock and made a boatload of money on the sale. Chris Isidore, CNN, 5 May 2022 Now wide receivers are the hottest opportunity for teams to draft cheap players who someday might cost a boatload. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, 28 Apr. 2022 Former President Donald Trump's endorsement so far hasn't resulted in a boatload of campaign cash for John Gibbs, the Republican who is taking on U.S. Rep. Peter Meijer, R-Grand Rapids. Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press, 16 Apr. 2022 The Spurs could carve a boatload of salary cap space this summer, especially if Walker moves on. San Antonio Express-News, 14 Apr. 2022 In 2013, Robert Wolter and Joseph Knauer were arrested with a boatload of horseshoe crabs taken from Jamaica Bay, after being chased down by N.Y.P.D. helicopter pilots using night-vision goggles. Erik Baard, The New Yorker, 6 Apr. 2022 Watson, whom the Browns traded away from at No. 12 overall in 2017 and allowed the Texans to grab him, comes to Cleveland with a boatload of Super Bowl potential and arguably more baggage than anyone in NFL history. Mary Kay Cabot, cleveland, 18 Mar. 2022 Solo Stove, a camp cooking brand evidently flush with a boatload of private equity money, finalized an acquisition spree and now controls two new direct-to-consumer companies in the paddlesports category. Andrew Weaver, Outside Online, 10 Oct. 2021 The Pinnacle this winter had a 209,000-pound quota, a little more than half a boatload. Anchorage Daily News, 4 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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18 May 2022

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“Boatload.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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