[lahr-bawrd, -bohrd; Nautical lahr-berd]Nautical


(formerly) port2(def 1).


(formerly) port2(def 2, 3)

Origin of larboard

1300–50; Middle English laddeborde (perhaps literally, loading side; see lade, board); later larborde (by analogy with starboard) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for larboard

near, port, south, larboard, sinister, portside, sinistral

Examples from the Web for larboard

Historical Examples of larboard

  • A little later the larboard fore-sheet went, and the sail was split.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • Should I range, up on the larboard quarter, do you lie, on the starboard.

    Micah Clarke

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • They were the men of the larboard watch, waiting for eight bells which was imminent.

    Captain Blood

    Rafael Sabatini

  • You, Velsers and Rock, gain the fo'c'sl from larboard and starboard.

    Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer

    Cyrus Townsend Brady

  • But my orders were, that the larboard watch should remain on deck.

    Little By Little

    William Taylor Adams

British Dictionary definitions for larboard


noun, adjective

nautical a former word for port 2

Word Origin for larboard

C14 laddeborde (changed to larboard by association with starboard), from laden to load + borde board
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 larboard

"left-hand side of a ship" (to a person on board and facing the bow), 1580s, from Middle English ladde-borde (c.1300), perhaps literally "the loading side," if this was the side on which goods were loaded onto a ship, from laden "to load" + bord "ship's side." Altered 16c. on influence of starboard, then largely replaced by the specialized sense of port (n.1). to avoid confusion of similar-sounding words. The Old English term was bæcboard, literally "back board" (see starboard).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper