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[bawrd-wawk, bohrd-] /ˈbɔrdˌwɔk, ˈboʊrd-/
a promenade made of wooden boards, usually along a beach or shore.
any walk made of boards or planks.
Origin of boardwalk
1870-75, Americanism; board + walk Unabridged
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Examples from the web for boardwalk
  • 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.
  • For the purpose of this book, a boardwalk is a structure that uses widely spaced bents or piers as a foundation.
  • On this boardwalk you can get close to plants and animals safely.
  • The boardwalk follows a creek where red-legged frogs are often seen.
  • Stop along the way and read the boardwalk's interpretive signs.
  • The boardwalk across the island to the beach has benches placed in strategic locations.
British Dictionary definitions for boardwalk


(US & Canadian) a promenade, esp along a beach, usually made of planks
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for boardwalk

"walkway made of boards," 1864, American English, from board (n.1) + walk (n.). As a seaside attraction from 1881, first in reference to Atlantic City, N.J.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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