overboard

adverb over·board \ ˈō-vər-ˌbȯrd \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

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!”.

Recent Examples of overboard from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'overboard.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of overboard

before 12th century



OVERBOARD Defined for English Language Learners

overboard

adverb

Definition of overboard for English Language Learners

  • : over the side of a ship into the water


OVERBOARD Defined for Kids

overboard

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.


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up overboard? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to buzz or drone

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Find the Cousins

  • a-large-tree-with-many-branches
  • Which pair shares a common word ancestor?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!