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!”.
Before 12th Century
First Known Use of overboard
before 12th century
OVERBOARD Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of overboard for English Language Learners
: over the side of a ship into the water
OVERBOARD Defined for Kids
Definition of overboard for Students
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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