overboard

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adverb 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

  1. He threw the fish overboard.

  2. The boy fell overboard and almost drowned.

  3. One of the sailors fell into the water, and someone shouted Man overboard!.

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First Known Use of overboard

before 12th century



OVERBOARD Defined for English Language Learners

overboard

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Definition of overboard for English Language Learners

  • : over the side of a ship into the water


OVERBOARD Defined for Kids

overboard

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adverb over·board \ ˈō-vər-ˌbȯrd \

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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