[ ship-bawrd, -bohrd ]

  1. Archaic.

    • the deck or side of a ship.

    • the situation of being on a ship.

  1. done, conducted, or designed for use aboard ship, especially during an ocean voyage: a shipboard romance; a shipboard telephone.

Idioms about shipboard

  1. on shipboard, aboard a seagoing vessel.

Origin of shipboard

First recorded in 1150–1200; late Middle English shipbord; replacing Middle English shipesbord; see ship1, board,

Words Nearby shipboard Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use shipboard in a sentence

  • The Guards had much improved in health during their sojourn on shipboard, and were in good spirits and condition.

    The British Expedition to the Crimea | William Howard Russell
  • Somehow there are barriers and conventionalities that one cannot break, for all the vaunted "freedom of shipboard."

    My Wonderful Visit | Charlie Chaplin
  • He had about thirty miles to walk, and carried near five stone weight of goods, which he did not choose to put on shipboard.

British Dictionary definitions for shipboard


/ (ˈʃɪpˌbɔːd) /

  1. (modifier) taking place, used, or intended for use aboard a ship: a shipboard encounter

  2. on shipboard on board a ship

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