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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [out-bawrd, -bohrd]
    • /ˈaʊtˌbɔrd, -ˌboʊrd/
    • /ˈaʊtbɔːd/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [out-bawrd, -bohrd]
    • /ˈaʊtˌbɔrd, -ˌboʊrd/

Definitions of outboard word

  • adjective outboard located on the exterior of a hull or aircraft. 1
  • adjective outboard located farther from the center, as of an aircraft: the outboard end of a wing. 1
  • adjective outboard (of a motorboat) having an outboard motor. 1
  • adverb outboard outside or away from the center of a hull, aircraft, machine, etc.: The sail swung outboard. Compare inboard. 1
  • noun outboard an outboard motor. 1
  • noun outboard a boat equipped with an outboard motor. 1

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Origin of outboard

First appearance:

before 1815
One of the 39% newest English words
First recorded in 1815-25; out- + board

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Parts of speech for Outboard


outboard popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 75% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for outboard

adjective outboard

  • external — Belonging to or forming the outer surface or structure of something.
  • outside — the outer side, surface, or part; exterior: The outside of the house needs painting.
  • outward — proceeding or directed toward the outside or exterior, or away from a central point: the outward flow of gold; the outward part of a voyage.
  • exterior — Forming, situated on, or relating to the outside of something.

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