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[klip-bawrd, -bohrd]
  1. a small board having at the top a clip for holding papers and serving as a portable writing surface.
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Origin of clipboard

An Americanism dating back to 1905–10; clip2 + board
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British Dictionary definitions for clipboard


  1. a portable writing board with a spring clip at the top for holding paper
  2. a temporary storage area in desktop publishing where text or graphics are held after the cut command or the copy command
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Word Origin and History for clipboard


1904, from clip (n.1) + board (n.1). Portable board with a hinged clip at the top to hold papers.

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