[skeyt-bawrd, -bohrd]


a device for riding upon, usually while standing, consisting of a short, oblong piece of wood, plastic, or aluminum mounted on large roller-skate wheels, used on smooth surfaces and requiring better balance of the rider than the ordinary roller skate does.

verb (used without object)

to ride a skateboard.

Nearby words

  1. skat,
  2. skate,
  3. skate over,
  4. skate ski,
  5. skate-ski,
  6. skateboarder,
  7. skateboarding,
  8. skatemobile,
  9. skatepark,
  10. skater

Origin of skateboard

First recorded in 1960–65; skate1 + board

Related formsskate·board·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for skateboard



a narrow board mounted on roller-skate wheels, usually ridden while standing up


(intr) to ride on a skateboard
Derived Formsskateboarder, nounskateboarding, noun

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Word Origin and History for skateboard


1964, noun and verb, from skate (v.) on model of surfboard. The phenomenon began c.1963 in southern California and was nationwide the following summer.

Skateboarding requires only a tapered piece of wood flexibly mounted on roller-skate wheels and a stretch of pavement -- preferably downhill and away from traffic. ["Life," June 5, 1964]
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper