Other Word Forms of Starboard
Origin of Starboard
Middle English sterbord, from Old English stÄ“or (“steer") +"Ž bord (“side (of a ship)"). Ships had to dock on their left (port) side because the steering oar on the right would get in the way, which is how the left became known as the port side.
Middle English sterbord from Old English stēorbord stēor- a steering stā- in Indo-European roots bord side of a ship
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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