running board

  1. a small ledge, step, or footboard, formerly beneath the doors of an automobile, to assist passengers entering or leaving the car.

Origin of running board

1810–20, in sense “platform from which a large pole boat is poled,” Americanism Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for running board

Historical Examples of running board

  • She stepped up on the running-board of the car and laid her hand on the interpreter's arm.

    The Prisoner

    Alice Brown

  • Roberto had heard and leaped for the running-board of the car.

  • He jumped up from the running-board just in time to avoid the other's clutches.

  • Lashed to the running-board was an extra tire, fully inflated.

    A Little Miss Nobody

    Amy Bell Marlowe

  • She sat down on the running-board of the machine and gasped.

    Across the Mesa

    Jarvis Hall

British Dictionary definitions for running board

running board

  1. a footboard along the side of a vehicle, esp an early motorcar
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