- The definition of starboard is something on located on the right-hand side of a boat or plane.
An example of starboard is the right-hand side row of seats on a plane.
- Starboard is the right-hand side of a boat or plane when facing forward.
An example of starboard is a sundeck on the right-hand side of a cruise ship.
- Starboard is turning to the right.
An example of starboard is turning a boat toward a dock on the right.
Origin: Middle English sterbord from Old English steorbord from steoran, to steer (the old rudder being a large oar used on the right side of the ship) plush bord: see board
- of or on this side
- designating a sailing tack on which the wind passes over the starboard side
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Origin: Middle English sterbord, from Old English stēorbord : stēor-, a steering; see stā- in Indo-European roots + bord, side of a ship.