over·​board | \ ˈō-vər-ˌbȯrd How to pronounce overboard (audio) \

Definition of overboard

1 : over the side of a ship or boat into the water
2 : to extremes of enthusiasm
3 : into discard : aside

Examples of overboard in a Sentence

He threw the fish overboard. The boy fell overboard and almost drowned. One of the sailors fell into the water, and someone shouted “Man overboard!”.
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First Known Use of overboard

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Overboard.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overboard. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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over·​board | \ ˈō-vər-ˌbȯrd How to pronounce overboard (audio) \

Kids Definition of overboard

1 : over the side of a ship into the water Don't fall overboard!
2 : to extremes of enthusiasm He went overboard with this party.

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