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Definitions for overboard
ˈoʊ vərˌbɔrd, -ˌboʊrdover·board

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. overboardadverb

    to extremes

    "he went overboard to please his in-laws"

  2. overboardadverb

    from on board a vessel into the water

    "they dropped their garbage overboard"


  1. overboardadverb

    over the edge; especially, off or outside of a boat

    It was their practice to throw the scraps overboard.

  2. overboardadjective

    excessive; too much

    They really went overboard with the party preparations.


  1. overboard

    Overboard refers to the act of falling or being thrown off a ship or boat into the water. It also can mean going to excessive, overly extreme, or dramatic lengths in action or behavior.


  1. Overboard

    Overboard is a 1987 American romantic comedy film starring Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell. It was directed by Garry Marshall, produced by Roddy McDowall, and loosely inspired by the 1974 Italian film Swept Away. In turn, Overboard was adapted into the 2006 South Korean television series, Couple or Trouble.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Overboard

    ō′vėr-bōrd, adv. over the board or side: from on board: out of a ship.—Thrown overboard, deserted, discarded, betrayed.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. overboard

    The state of any person or thing in the sea which had been in a ship.--Thrown overboard also means cast adrift by the captain; withdrawal of countenance and support.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of overboard in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of overboard in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of overboard in a Sentence

  1. Dan Jaffe:

    The Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative has substantially improved the healthfulness of foods advertised to kids, the IWG proposals went way overboard and were not appropriate, 87 of the top 100 most consumed foods in the U.S. would not meet the standards.

  2. Stan Tatkin:

    This is how you stay in the game because you’re both responsible for this boat that you’re on and if one of you go overboard, you both go overboard.

  3. Justice Elena Kagan:

    Whether the item is a fisherman's ledger, or an undersized fish, throwing it overboard has the identical effect on the administration of justice.

  4. Ari Fleischer:

    It's almost impossible for the White House to give firm answers because there's just too much you don't know, it's an extraordinarily delicate dance they have to do to not throw someone overboard, but not get anyone in the White House in deeper trouble.

  5. Kevin Feldis:

    This is the first time we have charged Clean Water Act crimes for an actual discharge of oil into the EEZ (exclusive economic zone) off the coast of Alaska, as detailed in the court documents, witnesses saw a sheen off the side of the vessel after the chief engineer hooked up a pump to illegally dump oily bilge water overboard.

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    assist or encourage, usually in some wrongdoing
    • A. descant
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