[bawrd-wawk, bohrd-]


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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for boardwalk

Contemporary Examples of boardwalk

Historical Examples of boardwalk

  • 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?

British Dictionary definitions for boardwalk



US and Canadian a promenade, esp along a beach, usually made of planks
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

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