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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Experts think melasma likely happens when your melanocytes (the color-making cells in your skin) go a little overboard in making the dark pigment known as melanin. Korin Miller, SELF, "What You Should Know About Melasma, Those Random Dark Spots on Your Face," 27 Aug. 2018 In this remake of the 1987 comedy, a rich yacht owner fires his house cleaner, falls overboard, and loses his memory. Guy Hanford, Ramona Sentinel, "Flickers: 'Action Point,' 'Adrift' and 'Upgrade' open Friday," 30 May 2018 Poor communications used to be partly to blame, too, but that excuse has fallen overboard. The Economist, "The global logistics business is going to be transformed by digitisation," 26 Apr. 2018 As my sister said, my mother didn’t go overboard for herself. Robert J. Toth, WSJ, "The Stuff Our Parents Left Behind," 18 Nov. 2018 On the night of October 18, a crew member on Celebrity Reflections went overboard, but no one searched for them until the next morning. Aditi Shrikant, Vox, "The case against cruises," 15 Nov. 2018 Everyone’s preferences are different, but the bass of Sony’s default sound signature is fun and rich without going Beats-circa-2010 overboard. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "The Ars Holiday Gift Guide 2018—tech and gear for travel that we’d buy," 13 Nov. 2018 Sheepskin rugs, linen pillows, and knit throws help keep a space from feeling cold and stark—but don't go overboard. Sienna Fantozzi, House Beautiful, "What Is Minimalism, Exactly?," 24 Sep. 2018 But Davis says there can be too much of a good thing, and going overboard on protein can cause uncomfortable symptoms, like constipation and cramping, to pop up. Colleen Stinchcombe, Redbook, "What Are Macros, Exactly?," 27 Aug. 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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The first known use of overboard was before the 12th century

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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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