above board

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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uh-buhv bawrd, bohrd]
    • /əˈbʌv bɔrd, boʊrd/
    • /əˈbʌv bɔːd/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-buhv bawrd, bohrd]
    • /əˈbʌv bɔrd, boʊrd/

Definitions of above board words

  • phrase above board An arrangement or deal that is above board is legal and is being carried out honestly and openly. 3
  • adjective above board in the open; without dishonesty, concealment, or fraud 3
  • preposition above board (Idiomatic) Openly, without deceit. 0
  • preposition above board (Idiomatic) Honestly, reputably. 0

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Origin of above board

First appearance:

before 1610
One of the 40% oldest English words
1610-20; above + board; so called from the requirement of keeping the hands above the table or board in order to discourage possible cheating at cards

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Parts of speech for Above board


above board popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 54% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
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Synonyms for above board

adj above board

  • virtuous — conforming to moral and ethical principles; morally excellent; upright: Lead a virtuous life.
  • genuine — possessing the claimed or attributed character, quality, or origin; not counterfeit; authentic; real: genuine sympathy; a genuine antique.
  • straightforward — going or directed straight ahead: a straightforward gaze.
  • fair — free from bias, dishonesty, or injustice: a fair decision; a fair judge.
  • impartial — not partial or biased; fair; just: an impartial judge.

Antonyms for above board

adj above board

  • counterfeit — Counterfeit money, goods, or documents are not genuine, but have been made to look exactly like genuine ones in order to deceive people.
  • unreal — not real or actual.
  • deceptive — If something is deceptive, it encourages you to believe something which is not true.
  • dishonest — not honest; disposed to lie, cheat, or steal; not worthy of trust or belief: a dishonest person.
  • insincere — not sincere; not honest in the expression of actual feeling; hypocritical.

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