What does boat anchor mean?

Definitions for boat anchor

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word boat anchor.


  1. Boat anchor

    In amateur radio and computing, a boat anchor is something obsolete, useless, and cumbersome – so-called because metaphorically its only productive use is to be thrown into the water as a boat mooring. Terms such as brick, doorstop and paperweight are similar.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. boat anchor

    [common; from ham radio] 1. Like doorstop but more severe; implies that the offending hardware is irreversibly dead or useless. “That was a working motherboard once. One lightning strike later, instant boat anchor!” 2. A person who just takes up space. 3. Obsolete but still working hardware, especially when used of an old, bulky, quirky system; originally a term of annoyance, but became more and more affectionate as the hardware became more and more obsolete.Auctioneers use this term for a large, undesirable object such as a washing machine; actual boating enthusiasts, however, use “mooring anchor” for frustrating (not actually useless) equipment.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of boat anchor in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of boat anchor in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Images & Illustrations of boat anchor

  1. boat anchorboat anchorboat anchor

Translations for boat anchor

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for boat anchor »


Find a translation for the boat anchor definition in other languages:

Select another language:

Discuss these boat anchor definitions with the community:

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:     


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"boat anchor." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2018. Web. 25 Feb. 2018. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/boat anchor>.

Are we missing a good definition for boat anchor? Don't keep it to yourself...

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for boat anchor:

Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.