over·​board | \ˈō-vər-ˌbȯrd \

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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The pendulum swings from grossly overboard in some situations to far too lenient on others. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, "Because of his past, Jameis Winston can’t afford more transgressions," 22 June 2018 Each in turn throws overboard a gray plastic water sampling bottle attached to a rope known as a CTD. Eric Niiler, National Geographic, "The Ocean Is Getting More Acidic—What That Actually Means," 15 June 2018 The poll found that opinion was often divided by gender and political party: Half of Republicans but fewer than one-quarter of Democrats said the response to harassment had gone overboard. Janet Hook And Lauren Weber, WSJ, "Working Mothers Gain Acceptance, But Perceptions of Sexism Persist, Poll Shows," 22 Mar. 2018 Try not to go overboard, and refuse to overindulge. BostonGlobe.com, "Where to get a taste of Brazil’s culture and cuisine before you go," 14 July 2018 Carole and Tinsley got sick and were throwing up overboard. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "See the First Footage of RHONY's Colombia 'Boat Ride from Hell' in Scary Midseason Trailer," 27 June 2018 Witness accounts say the starboard boiler exploded at about 11 p.m., setting off a grisly chain reaction of death that saw people thrown overboard and drowned, scalded to death, and cut by flying debris, according state historians. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "The 1838 shipwreck was 'the Titanic of its time.' Divers just made an eerie discovery," 17 June 2018 According to Norwegian, the man went overboard early in the morning on Saturday. Chabeli Herrera, miamiherald, "He posted on Facebook about a man going overboard. Weeks later, he plunged into the sea," 3 July 2018 The man was spotted going overboard at 3:10 Saturday. Susannah Bryan, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Man overboard: Worker falls from one cruise ship, rescued by another the next day," 1 July 2018

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First Known Use of overboard

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

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English Language Learners Definition of overboard

: over the side of a ship into the water


over·​board | \ˈō-vər-ˌbȯrd \

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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