[mach-bawrd, -bohrd]


a board having a tongue formed on one edge and a groove of the same dimensions cut into the other, used with similar boards to compose floors, dados, etc.

Origin of matchboard

First recorded in 1840–50; match2 + board Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for matchboard

Historical Examples of matchboard

  • We could matchboard the timbers over if you like, but it is not usual.

    The Lost Heir

    G. A. Henty

  • And I think in any case I am wrong about his "matchboard" car.

  • Felt is fastened over the matchboard lining of the roof before the iron is put on.

    Rustic Carpentry

    Paul N. Hasluck

  • The four-inch steel deck gaped and split as though it had been made of matchboard.

  • It was only matchboard, she decided, run up to make many little rooms of one large one.

    The Voyage Out

    Virginia Woolf

British Dictionary definitions for matchboard



a long thin board with a tongue along one edge and a corresponding groove along the other, used with similar boards to line walls, ceilings, etc
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