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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a boatload of publicity for the new handheld devices

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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 After less than a fortnight in office, Sanchez has already attracted headlines for naming the country’s first mainly female cabinet and offering shelter to a boatload of migrants turned away from Sicily by the populist administration in Rome. Charles Penty,, "Spanish Minister Resigns, Saying Sanchez Will Turn Page on Graft," 13 June 2018 But perhaps more impressive than the boatload of titles in Ronaldo’s trophy cabinet has been his ability to reinvent his game. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "Cristiano Ronaldo to Join Italy’s Juventus in $117 Million Deal," 10 July 2018 Hedeby supported 1,500 to 2,000 full-time inhabitants, besides the boatloads of traders that visited. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Viking Archeological Site and Others Earn World Heritage Status," 2 July 2018 One of their moves was to spin out the cup business as Sweetheart Holdings — along with a boatload of debt jettisoned out of Fort Howard. Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic, "Disposable America," 21 June 2018 There should be a boatload of injury time in this one. Victor Mather, New York Times, "After Morocco Own Goal, Iran Wins World Cup Slugfest," 16 June 2018

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First Known Use of boatload

1625, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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: an amount or number that will fill a boat

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