Try Our Apps


90s Slang You Should Know


[ship-bawrd, -bohrd] /ˈʃɪpˌbɔrd, -ˌboʊrd/
  1. the deck or side of a ship.
  2. the situation of being on a ship.
done, conducted, or designed for use aboard ship, especially during an ocean voyage:
a shipboard romance; a shipboard telephone.
on shipboard, aboard a seagoing vessel.
Origin of shipboard
late Middle English
1150-1200; late Middle English shipbord (see ship1, board); replacing Middle English shipesbord (see ’s1) Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for shipboard
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • I had promised to keep on neutral ground for three months, and a tête-à-tête on shipboard seemed hardly playing the game.

    An Unknown Lover Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  • It had been, he said, his shipboard companion on another voyage.

    The Winds of Time James H. Schmitz
  • He had done him many kindnesses, but he had awed Donald with his shipboard severity.

    The Viking Blood Frederick William Wallace
  • It was delightful to be so hungry, as hungry as one could be on shipboard!

    Betty Leicester Sarah Orne Jewett
  • But do you not think that they would like nothing better than to catch you at sea on shipboard?

  • Sunday on shipboard is a good day for reflections and heart-searchings.

    Ladies-In-Waiting Kate Douglas Wiggin
  • But it was impossible to stop the circulation of such a story on shipboard.

  • Seawards first and then on shipboard, and so to the shores that are calling me!

    The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame
  • The busy preparations on land and shipboard had another effect on Philip.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
British Dictionary definitions for shipboard


(modifier) taking place, used, or intended for use aboard a ship: a shipboard encounter
on shipboard, on board a ship
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for shipboard

also ship-board, "side of a ship," c.1200, from ship (n.) + board (n.2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for shipboard

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for shipboard

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for shipboard