- a thin, broad plank fastened to and projecting above the gunwale or side of a boat to keep out the spray and sea.
- a similar board on the sill of a port.
OTHER WORDS FROM washboardwashboardy, adjective
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I’m on Roth’s tail as she swoops through the first few turns, rattling over babyheads and washboards.This Adaptive Mountain Bike Brings Freedom Back to Disabled Riders|cobrien|January 20, 2022|Outside Online
Although the NFL party animal loves flaunting his washboard abs, he seems more fratboy than Fabio.‘A Gronking to Remember’ Speed Read: 8 Naughtiest Bits|Emily Shire|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Nine months later, he awakens from his coma with washboard abs and the ability to run really fast.‘The Flash’ Review: Teen Angst Gets a Comic Book Quickie|Sujay Kumar|October 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Not 17-year-olds with washboard abs, but smooth-cheeked preteens and young adolescents.Penn State Sex-Abuse Case Revives Issue of Using Chemical Castration|Michelle Cottle|November 11, 2011|DAILY BEAST
Slim-hipped and washboard-abbed, she showed a fair amount of midriff.Kate Middleton's Classic Style|Rebecca Dana|November 16, 2010|DAILY BEAST
MemphisYou're more likely to find a good BBQ joint here than a guy with washboard abs.Best (and Worst) Cities to Meet Men|The Daily Beast|October 18, 2009|DAILY BEAST
Carlson was a little above medium height, dark complexioned, his brow a washboard of horizontal wrinkles.
The other swung his sea-booted feet over the washboard, entered, and closed the door.The Viking Blood|Frederick William Wallace
A round seam would wear out sooner by coming into frequent contact with the washboard and iron, besides irritating the skin.Textiles and Clothing|Kate Heintz Watson
They bent to the plow and the washboard when we were helpless.A Pioneer Mother|Hamlin Garland
Not every child has the good fortune to live near a washboard factory.Hints to Pilgrims|Charles Stephen Brooks
British Dictionary definitions for washboard
- a vertical planklike shield fastened to the gunwales of a boat to prevent water from splashing over the side
- Also called: splashboard a shield under a port for the same purpose