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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Recent Examples on the Web Her best friend has to get her stomach pumped after going overboard at a party. Neal Justin, Star Tribune, "Reliving 'My So-Called Life,' one of the greatest series in TV history," 25 Mar. 2021 Going overboard because you are filled with enthusiasm and passion might not go over well with some people. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Jan. 17, 2021: Happy birthday Zooey Deschanel; Aquarius, watch for red flags," 17 Jan. 2021 When that trash gets collected by a barge and moved to a garbage island, government officials estimate 25% falls overboard into the ocean. Lindsey Mcginnis, The Christian Science Monitor, "Points of Progress: Atlanta tackles gentrification, and more," 26 Feb. 2021 On New Year’s Eve a boat carrying 60 of Sanker’s maskless partygoers off the coast of Nuevo Vallarta capsized, sending circuit boys overboard as many held their smartphones aloft from the sea while waiting to be rescued. Tony Bravo, SFChronicle.com, "#gaysovercovid reminds us that it’s OK to clap back on bad pandemic behavior," 15 Jan. 2021 Two weeks later, on May 10, Evgenia Pankrushyna, a waitress from Ukraine, died after jumping overboard from Carnival’s Regal Princess near Rotterdam. Cheri Lucas Rowlands, Longreads, "What Happened to Cruise Ship Workers Once the Passengers Were Gone?," 15 Jan. 2021 Two years ago, a law banning the wasteful practice of tossing unwanted fish overboard came fully into effect in European waters. Erik Stokstad, Science | AAAS, "Researchers say Europe’s ban on throwing unwanted fish overboard is backfiring," 13 Jan. 2021 From going overboard with bleach to using products filled with harsh ingredients (or a lack of moisturizing agents), there are many different causes behind hair damage. Victoria Moorhouse, Forbes, "The 10 Best Shampoos For Dry, Damaged Hair," 3 Mar. 2021 Perhaps the biggest question, Grubert says, is how to make power grids nimble enough to make energy reserves useful, without going overboard. Gregory Barber, Wired, "When the Grid Goes Down, Can a Fleet of Batteries Replace It?," 24 Feb. 2021

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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 14 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of overboard

: over the side of a ship into the water


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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