wall·​board | \ ˈwȯl-ˌbȯrd \

Definition of wallboard

: a structural boarding of any of various materials (such as wood pulp, gypsum, or plastic) made in large rigid sheets and used especially for sheathing interior walls and ceilings

Examples of wallboard in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

Several searchers walked carefully in the midday heat Sunday atop a pile of wallboard, framing timber and personal effects, including a big chair and carpeted climbing structure for pet cats. Scott Calvert, WSJ, "Search-and-Rescue Crews Comb Florida Panhandle," 14 Oct. 2018 The family was still consigned to five rooms upstairs, and Ms. Swanson, 48, a senior executive assistant at an industrial automation company, was downstairs watching a YouTube demonstration of how to hang wallboard. Audra D. S. Burch, New York Times, "Brutal Choice in Houston: Sell Home at a Loss or Face New Floods," 30 Mar. 2018 Next door, at 111 Pearl, wallboard was starting to be installed on the upper floors. Kenneth R. Gosselin, courant.com, "Spectra Developers Will Add 258 Apartments On Prominent Downtown Hartford Corner," 8 Apr. 2018 At the top of the steps, Mr. Swanson, 52, was compiling a mental to-do list: Make another trip to Home Depot, haul more stuff to the storage unit, get back in time to help with the delivery of a stack of new wallboard. Audra D. S. Burch, New York Times, "Brutal Choice in Houston: Sell Home at a Loss or Face New Floods," 30 Mar. 2018 Impressively, all students are receiving vocational education instruction in tool identification and use, tool safety and basic construction skills, framing and wallboard installation. Maj. Gen. Laurie Hummel | Opinion, Anchorage Daily News, "Military youth academy celebrates 25 years of success," 2 Feb. 2018 If any cash-flow problems loomed, word had not reached the workers who bustled around the house on Tuesday, repainting the stoop, doing wiring and installing wallboard. Andy Newman, New York Times, "Manafort’s Brooklyn Brownstone Goes From Eyesore to Evidence," 1 Nov. 2017 The piles up and down this street, and along many other nearby streets — shards of wallboard and mildewing carpet, artificial flowers and computer monitors — stand taller than some people. John Schwartz And Alan Blinder, New York Times, "An Enormous, Urgent Task: Hauling Away Harvey’s Debris," 6 Sep. 2017 His 12-year-old son, Isaiah, had spent the previous day ripping damaged wallboard from neighbors’ houses. Hailey Branson-potts, latimes.com, "'Entertainers for the day': The Astros play a home game, giving Houston the respite it needs in Harvey's aftermath," 2 Sep. 2017

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

See More

First Known Use of wallboard

1906, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about wallboard

Statistics for wallboard

Last Updated

18 Dec 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for wallboard

The first known use of wallboard was in 1906

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for wallboard



English Language Learners Definition of wallboard

US : building material that is used for making walls and ceilings and that is made of large sheets of plaster covered with thick paper


wall·​board | \ ˈwȯl-ˌbȯrd \

Kids Definition of wallboard

: a building material (as of wood pulp) made in large stiff sheets and used especially inside walls and ceilings

More from Merriam-Webster on wallboard

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with wallboard

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about wallboard

Comments on wallboard

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


irregularly rounded

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

What did you just call me?! A Quiz

  • rows-of-various-emoji
  • If a member of the audience describes your speech as bombastic, does that person mean it is:
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.


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


Love words? Need even more definitions?

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