[ weth-er-bawrd, -bohrd ]

  1. an early type of board used as a siding for a building.

  2. Chiefly British. any of various forms of board used as a siding for a building.

  1. Nautical. the side of a vessel toward the wind.

verb (used with object)
  1. to cover or furnish with weatherboards.

Origin of weatherboard

First recorded in 1530–40; weather + board

Words Nearby weatherboard Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use weatherboard in a sentence

  • They could at least weatherboard them and make them more comfortable.

    The Land of Lure | Elliott Smith
  • weatherboard—that is, planks overlapping each other—was formerly much used for house-fronts, and possessed great durability.

  • It was a small four-roomed weatherboard cottage, with a bark roof, but very neatly put on.

    Robbery Under Arms | Thomas Alexander Browne, AKA Rolf Boldrewood
  • Far otherwise is it with a weatherboard building overtaken by the same fate.

    Savage Island | Basil C. Thomson
  • In the middle of the day we baited our horses at a little inn, called the weatherboard.

British Dictionary definitions for weatherboard


/ (ˈwɛðəˌbɔːd) /

  1. a timber board, with a groove (rabbet) along the front of its top edge and along the back of its lower edge, that is fixed horizontally with others to form an exterior cladding on a wall or roof: Compare clapboard

  2. a sloping timber board fixed at the bottom of a door to deflect rain

  1. the windward side of a vessel

  2. Also called: weatherboard house mainly Australian and NZ a house having walls made entirely of weatherboards

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