[stahr-berd, -bawrd, -bohrd]
  1. of or pertaining or located to the starboard.
  1. toward the right side.
verb (used with or without object)
  1. to turn (the helm) to starboard.

Origin of starboard

before 900; Middle English sterbord (noun), Old English stēorbord, equivalent to stēor steering (see steer1) + bord side (see board) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. the right side of an aeroplane or vessel when facing the nose or bowCompare port 2
  1. relating to or on the starboard
  1. to turn or be turned towards the starboard

Word Origin for starboard

Old English stēorbord, literally: steering side, from stēor steering paddle + bord side; see steer 1, board; from the fact that boats were formerly steered by a paddle held over the right-hand side
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Word Origin and History for starboard

Old English steorbord, literally "side on which a vessel was steered," from steor- "rudder, steering paddle" (see steer (v.)) + bord "ship's side" (see board (n.2)). Cf. Old Norse stjornborði, Low German stürbord, German Steuerbord.

Early Germanic peoples' boats were propelled and steered by a paddle on the right side. French tribord (Old French estribord), Italian stribordo are Germanic loan-words.

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