[ lap-bawrd, -bohrd ]
/ ˈlæpˌbɔrd, -ˌboʊrd /


a thin, flat board to be held on the lap for use as a table or writing surface.

Origin of lapboard

First recorded in 1830–40; lap1 + board Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for lapboard

  • Jasper arose, put down his lapboard, shut his knife and with a serious air said to the old darkey.

    The Starbucks|Opie Percival Read
  • For, one morning, I found him ruling a sheet of paper on a lapboard—he had fumed until the nurse had given him his pen.

  • Only once had he set Cropsie and his lapboard literature aside, and followed his own impulse.

British Dictionary definitions for lapboard


/ (ˈlæpˌbɔːd) /


a flat board that can be used on the lap as a makeshift table or desk
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