Now, toward which of the three are we bound, and will our good ship run to larboard or to starboard?
A little later the larboard fore-sheet went, and the sail was split.
One morning, about two bells, the lookout reported a small vessel on the larboard bow, laboring heavily.
They were the men of the larboard watch, waiting for eight bells which was imminent.
Passing close astern, she raked her with her three larboard guns.
"There is a mutiny in the larboard watch," replied the mate, with a smile.
It was on their larboard quarter as they made in long tacks for the north.
Look for a red light or a green one—her larboard or starboard light.
One day all hands turned-to together, and fired starboard and larboard, until we could see nothing but a few mast-heads.
That will do; now pull on the larboard and back the starboard oars.
"left-hand side of a ship" (to a person on board and facing the bow), 1580s, from Middle English ladde-borde (c.1300), perhaps literally "the loading side," if this was the side on which goods were loaded onto a ship, from laden "to load" + bord "ship's side." Altered 16c. on influence of starboard, then largely replaced by the specialized sense of port (n.1). to avoid confusion of similar-sounding words. The Old English term was bæcboard, literally "back board" (see starboard).