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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But unlike other festivals, these attendees didn't have to go overboard with their glam to get noticed. refinery29.com, "Half A Million People Went To Essence Festival — & These 25 Looks Stood Out," 10 July 2018 As a result, going overboard on exfoliation can leave you with dry skin and cause more issues, like acne, to appear. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "This Is How Often You Should Actually Exfoliate Your Face," 22 Feb. 2019 When a man goes overboard, the bateau can be quickly maneuvered into position so that he can be pulled out. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "The Lost Art of Floating Logs Down the River," 16 Feb. 2019 But don’t go overboard: This is one time when more is not necessarily better. Arricca Sansone, Country Living, "How Much Mulch Do I Need? Here's the Easiest Way to Find Out," 6 Feb. 2019 On one occasion, a drunk office manager fell overboard. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "When Advertising Was a Man’s World, Jane Maas Was a Leading Woman," 30 Nov. 2018 The man fell overboard out of his boat on Bullock Pen Lake in Grant County, Kentucky, on Saturday, according to an official with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Law Enforcement Division. Cincinnati.com, "Fisherman's body recovered from Grant County lake," 3 June 2018 Drowning after falling overboard was the second leading cause of death. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "Kodiak fisherman killed in accident on trawler in Bering Sea," 9 May 2018 Things look up for Kate when Leonardo falls overboard and winds up at a hospital with amnesia. Randy Cordova, azcentral, "Eugenio Derbez keeps 'Overboard' afloat," 3 May 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 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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