[bawrd, bohrd]


verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to take one's meals, or be supplied with food and lodging at a fixed price: Several of us board at the same rooming house.
Ice Hockey. to hit an opposing player with a board check.

Nearby words

  1. boac,
  2. boadicea,
  3. boak,
  4. boanerges,
  5. boar,
  6. board and batten,
  7. board bridge,
  8. board certification,
  9. board check,
  10. board foot


Origin of board

before 900; Middle English, Old English bord board, table, shield; cognate with Dutch boord board, bord plate, German Bort, Old Norse borth, Gothic -baurd

Related formsboard·a·ble, adjectiveboard·like, adjectivere·board, verb (used with object)un·board·ed, adjective

Can be confusedboard boredboard committee council panel trust Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for board

British Dictionary definitions for board



a long wide flat relatively thin piece of sawn timber
  1. a smaller flat piece of rigid material for a specific purposeironing board
  2. (in combination)breadboard; cheeseboard
a person's food or meals, provided regularly for money or sometimes as payment for work done (esp in the phrases full board, board and lodging)
archaic a table, esp one used for eating at, and esp when laden with food
  1. (sometimes functioning as plural)a group of people who officially administer a company, trust, etca board of directors
  2. (as modifier)a board meeting
any other committee or councila board of interviewers
the boards (plural) the acting profession; the stage
stiff cardboard or similar material covered with paper, cloth, etc, used for the outside covers of a book
a flat thin rectangular sheet of composite material, such as plasterboard or chipboard
mainly US
  1. a list on which stock-exchange securities and their prices are posted
  2. informalthe stock exchange itself
  1. the side of a ship
  2. the leg that a sailing vessel makes on a beat to windward
Australian and NZ the part of the floor of a sheep-shearing shed, esp a raised part, where the shearers work
NZ the killing floor of an abattoir or freezing works
  1. any of various portable surfaces specially designed for indoor games such as chess, backgammon, etc
  2. (as modifier)board games
  1. a set of hands in duplicate bridge
  2. a wooden or metal board containing four slots, or often nowadays, a plastic wallet, in which the four hands are placed so that the deal may be replayed with identical hands
the hull of a sailboard, usually made of plastic, to which the mast is jointed and on which a windsurfer stands
go by the board to be in disuse, neglected, or lostin these days courtesy goes by the board
on board on or in a ship, boat, aeroplane, or other vehicle
sweep the board
  1. (in gambling) to win all the cards or money
  2. to win every event or prize in a contest
take on board to accept (new ideas, situations, theories, etc)


to go aboard (a vessel, train, aircraft, or other vehicle)
nautical to come alongside (a vessel) before attacking or going aboard
to attack (a ship) by forcing one's way aboard
(tr; often foll by up, in, etc) to cover or shut with boards
(intr) to give or receive meals or meals and lodging in return for money or work
(sometimes foll by out) to receive or arrange for (someone, esp a child) to receive food and lodging away from home, usually in return for payment
Derived Formsboardable, adjective

Word Origin for board

Old English bord; related to Old Norse borth ship's side, table, Old High German bort ship's side, Sanskrit bardhaka a cutting off

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Word Origin and History for board
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with board


see across the board; back to the drawing board; bed and board; bulletin board; by the board; go overboard; on board; open and aboveboard; room and board; stiff as a board; tread the boards.

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