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[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.
  3. Nautical. the side of a vessel toward the wind.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to cover or furnish with weatherboards.
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Origin of weatherboard

First recorded in 1530–40; weather + board
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Examples from the Web for weatherboard

Historical Examples

  • The new edifice, he said, must be built of weatherboard and iron.

    Savage Island

    Basil C. Thomson

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

    The Land of Lure

    Elliott Smith

  • Some of them had weatherboard houses but the majority of them was log houses.

  • There was nothing royal, or even comfortable, about this weatherboard and iron inn, except its name.

    The Record of Nicholas Freydon

    A. J. (Alec John) Dawson

  • Nearer to the station cluster the weatherboard business places of the little township of Burunda.

British Dictionary definitions for weatherboard


  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 roofCompare clapboard
  2. a sloping timber board fixed at the bottom of a door to deflect rain
  3. the windward side of a vessel
  4. Also called: weatherboard house mainly Australian and NZ a house having walls made entirely of weatherboards
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