[ oh-ver-bawrd, -bohrd ]
/ ˈoʊ vərˌbɔrd, -ˌboʊrd /


over the side of a ship or boat, especially into or in the water: to fall overboard.

Nearby words

  1. overbid,
  2. overbite,
  3. overblouse,
  4. overblow,
  5. overblown,
  6. overbook,
  7. overbooked,
  8. overboot,
  9. overbore,
  10. overborne


    go overboard, to go to extremes, especially in regard to approval or disapproval of a person or thing: I think the critics went overboard in panning that new show.

Origin of overboard

before 1000; Middle English over bord, Old English ofer bord. See over, board

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British Dictionary definitions for overboard


/ (ˈəʊvəˌbɔːd) /


from on board a vessel into the water
go overboard informal
  1. to be extremely enthusiastic
  2. to go to extremes
throw overboard to reject or abandon
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Word Origin and History for overboard



"over the side of a ship," Old English ofor bord, from over + bord "side of a ship" (see board (n.2)). Figurative sense of "excessively, beyond one's means" (especially in phrase go overboard) first attested 1931 in Damon Runyon.

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Idioms and Phrases with overboard


see go overboard.

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