[bawrd-wawk, bohrd-]
a promenade made of wooden boards, usually along a beach or shore.
any walk made of boards or planks.

1870–75, Americanism; board + walk Unabridged
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boardwalk (ˈbɔːdˌwɔːk)
(US), (Canadian) a promenade, esp along a beach, usually made of planks

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Word Origin & History

1872, Amer.Eng., from board (1) + walk.
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Example sentences
Amble along the boardwalk or bring along lunch to eat at one of the park's many
  picnic tables.
Promenade along the harborside boardwalk before dinner at one of the highbrow,
  on-site eateries.
The pathway could be altered, and was: in many places a slightly elevated
  boardwalk has replaced it.
From the elevator, you step onto a boardwalk of rough wooden planks.
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