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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uh-buhv-bawrd, -bohrd]
    • /əˈbʌvˌbɔrd, -ˌboʊrd/
    • /ə.ˌbʌv.ˈbɔːd/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-buhv-bawrd, -bohrd]
    • /əˈbʌvˌbɔrd, -ˌboʊrd/

Definitions of aboveboard word

  • adjective aboveboard An arrangement or deal that is aboveboard is legal and is being carried out openly and honestly. A person who is aboveboard is open and honest about what they are doing. 3
  • adjective aboveboard in a straightforward manner 3
  • adverb aboveboard without dishonesty or concealment 3
  • noun aboveboard Legitimate, honest, and open. 1
  • adjective aboveboard honest 1
  • adverb aboveboard honestly 1

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Origin of aboveboard

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 Aboveboard


aboveboard 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.
According to our data about 59% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

aboveboard usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for aboveboard

adj aboveboard

  • trustworthy — deserving of trust or confidence; dependable; reliable: The treasurer was not entirely trustworthy.
  • truthful — telling the truth, especially habitually: a truthful person.
  • forthright — going straight to the point; frank; direct; outspoken: It's sometimes difficult to be forthright and not give offense.
  • frank — direct and unreserved in speech; straightforward; sincere: Her criticism of my work was frank but absolutely fair.
  • honest — honorable in principles, intentions, and actions; upright and fair: an honest person.

adv aboveboard

  • honestly — in an honest manner.
  • frankly — In an open, honest, and direct manner.
  • openly — not closed or barred at the time, as a doorway by a door, a window by a sash, or a gateway by a gate: to leave the windows open at night.
  • truly — in accordance with fact or truth; truthfully.
  • truthfully — telling the truth, especially habitually: a truthful person.

adjective aboveboard

  • fair — free from bias, dishonesty, or injustice: a fair decision; a fair judge.
  • legal — permitted by law; lawful: Such acts are not legal.
  • on the level — having no part higher than another; having a flat or even surface.
  • lawful — allowed or permitted by law; not contrary to law: a lawful enterprise.
  • kosher — Judaism. fit or allowed to be eaten or used, according to the dietary or ceremonial laws: kosher meat; kosher dishes; a kosher tallith. adhering to the laws governing such fitness: a kosher restaurant.

adverb aboveboard

  • candidly — frank; outspoken; open and sincere: a candid critic.

Antonyms for aboveboard

adj aboveboard

  • deceitful — If you say that someone is deceitful, you mean that they behave in a dishonest way by making other people believe something that is not true.
  • lying — the manner, relative position, or direction in which something lies: the lie of the patio, facing the water. Synonyms: place, location, site.
  • devious — If you describe someone as devious you do not like them because you think they are dishonest and like to keep things secret, often in a complicated way.
  • shady — abounding in shade; shaded: shady paths.
  • underhanded — underhand.

adverb aboveboard

  • deceitfully — given to deceiving: A deceitful person cannot keep friends for long.
  • dishonestly — In a dishonest manner.

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