- Overboard is defined as over the side of a ship and into the water, or being too excited and doing too much.
- An example of overboard is a how someone’s sunglasses fall when someone drops them off the side of the cruise ship; dropped overboard.
- An example of overboard is extravagantly celebrating a coworker’s birthday; going overboard with a celebration.
A group jumping overboard.
overboard definition by Webster's New World
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
- over a ship's side
- from a ship into the water
Origin: Middle English ouer borde ; from Old English ofor bord: see over and amp; board
overboard definition by American Heritage Dictionary
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
Over or as if over the side of a boat or ship.
overboard - Phrases/Idioms
see go overboard.
Informal to go to extremes; esp., to be wildly enthusiastic
To go to extremes, especially as a result of enthusiasm.