[in-shawr, -shohr]


close or closer to the shore.
lying near the shore; operating or carried on close to the shore: inshore fishing.


toward the shore: They went closer inshore.

Origin of inshore

First recorded in 1695–1705; in-1 + shore1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for inshore

ashore, aground, inland

Examples from the Web for inshore

Contemporary Examples of inshore

Historical Examples of inshore

  • I took the inshore channel, and kept listenin' all the time.

    The Depot Master

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • "Get her under way and inshore as soon as you can," ordered Dr. Parker.

    Keziah Coffin

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • The current carried him down-stream, but his inshore progress was swift and certain.

    Colorado Jim

    George Goodchild

  • Soon we had it off our bow, abeam, on our quarter; we were inshore.

    The U-boat hunters

    James B. Connolly

  • You'd know if you'd ever been here while the plant was processing and the wind was inshore.

    Smugglers' Reef

    John Blaine

British Dictionary definitions for inshore



in or on the water, but close to the shoreinshore weather

adverb, adjective

towards the shore from the wateran inshore wind; we swam inshore
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