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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By Andrew Headspeath 'The Diva Whisperer', football's great avuncular uncle, Carletto's legacy (beyond winning a boatload of trophies) is his man-management skills. Ben Carter,, "The 50 Greatest Football Managers of All Time," 20 Aug. 2019 And a boatload of fast-growing private Chinese companies are rapidly working their way up the ranks. Alan Murray, Fortune, "China Takes Lead in Fortune Global 500: CEO Daily," 22 July 2019 But about a year out from the deadline for the Democrats to choose their presidential ticket, a boatload of cash is necessary to keep contenders in the game. Ben Christopher, The Mercury News, "See which Democrat your California neighbors are funding to beat Trump, in 5 charts," 20 July 2019 Just a tremendous talent without a position, who probably should have made a boatload of money in college for carrying the Buckeyes through the first two seasons of the Urban Meyer era, but now doesn’t quite fit the pro game. Doug Lesmerises,, "Can Braxton Miller really help the Browns (or at least teach them some lessons)? Doug Lesmerises," 21 Aug. 2019 Greek, Turkish, and Arab camel drivers from the Eastern Mediterranean who have arrived in America with a boatload of dromedaries, which are the first of their kind to set foot on the continent since their progenitors died out in the last Ice Age. Francisco Cantú, The New Yorker, "Téa Obreht Reimagines the Western," 12 Aug. 2019 Fighting with Brussels and turning away boatloads of migrants are good ways to fire up supporters, but such gestures do not create jobs. The Economist, "Will Matteo Salvini wreck the euro?," 11 July 2019 The Rockets sent a boatload of future draft assets to Oklahoma City on Thursday to swap the bad contract of Chris Paul for the less-bad contract of Russell Westbrook, throwing a different look at a Western Conference that seems to be wide open. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Russell Westbrook-James Harden pairing probably won't work, but Rockets had no other choice but to try," 12 July 2019 The lineup usually includes chives, tarragon, dill, marjoram, savory, some oreganos, mints, a few types of basil and boatloads of cilantro and parsley. Martha Holmberg, Washington Post, "How to push fresh herbs beyond the garnish: Use with abundance and abandon," 5 July 2019

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First Known Use of boatload

1625, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of boatload

: an amount or number that will fill a boat

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