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[lahr-bawrd, -bohrd; Nautical lahr-berd] /ˈlɑrˌbɔrd, -ˌboʊrd; Nautical ˈlɑr bərd/ Nautical
(formerly) port2 (def 1).
(formerly) port2 (def 2, 3)
Origin of larboard
1300-50; Middle English laddeborde (perhaps literally, loading side; see lade, board); later larborde (by analogy with starboard) Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for larboard
Historical Examples
  • A little later the larboard fore-sheet went, and the sail was split.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • Should I range, up on the larboard quarter, do you lie, on the starboard.

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • They were the men of the larboard watch, waiting for eight bells which was imminent.

    Captain Blood Rafael Sabatini
  • You, Velsers and Rock, gain the fo'c'sl from larboard and starboard.

    Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer Cyrus Townsend Brady
  • But my orders were, that the larboard watch should remain on deck.

    Little By Little William Taylor Adams
  • I shall take the starboard watch, and Captain Briskett the larboard.

    Little By Little William Taylor Adams
  • "There is a mutiny in the larboard watch," replied the mate, with a smile.

    Little By Little William Taylor Adams
  • Look for a red light or a green one—her larboard or starboard light.

  • That will do; now pull on the larboard and back the starboard oars.

    The Boat Club Oliver Optic
  • On the route he more than once sighted land on the larboard.

British Dictionary definitions for larboard


noun, adjective
(nautical) a former word for port2
Word Origin
C14 laddeborde (changed to larboard by association with starboard), from laden to load + bordeboard
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Word Origin and History for larboard

"left-hand side of a ship" (to a person on board and facing the bow), 1580s, from Middle English ladde-borde (c.1300), perhaps literally "the loading side," if this was the side on which goods were loaded onto a ship, from laden "to load" + bord "ship's side." Altered 16c. on influence of starboard, then largely replaced by the specialized sense of port (n.1). to avoid confusion of similar-sounding words. The Old English term was bæcboard, literally "back board" (see starboard).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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