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[bawrd-wawk, bohrd-] /ˈbɔrdˌwɔk, ˈboʊrd-/
a promenade made of wooden boards, usually along a beach or shore.
any walk made of boards or planks.
Origin of boardwalk
An Americanism dating back to 1870-75; board + walk Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • A quick step on the boardwalk behind her caught the girl's attention.

    The Highgrader William MacLeod Raine
  • They had come back to the boardwalk which marked the parting of the ways for them.

    The Highgrader William MacLeod Raine
  • He overtook Burleigh on the boardwalk in front and went straight to the point.

    Warrior Gap Charles King
  • There is an excellent store on the boardwalk and we found another in Omaha.

    The Dude Wrangler

    Caroline Lockhart
  • Why does the boardwalk hurt the feet?Why is the seaweed green?

    The Girls of Central High in Camp Gertrude W. Morrison
British Dictionary definitions for boardwalk


(US & Canadian) a promenade, esp along a beach, usually made of planks
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for boardwalk

"walkway made of boards," 1864, American English, from board (n.1) + walk (n.). As a seaside attraction from 1881, first in reference to Atlantic City, N.J.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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