[klip-bawrd, -bohrd]


a small board having at the top a clip for holding papers and serving as a portable writing surface.

Origin of clipboard

An Americanism dating back to 1905–10; clip2 + board Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper