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[lahr-bawrd, -bohrd; Nautical lahr-berd] /ˈlɑrˌbɔrd, -ˌboʊrd; Nautical ˈlɑr bərd/ Nautical
(formerly) port2 (def 1).
(formerly) port2 (def 2, 3)
Origin of larboard
1300-50; Middle English laddeborde (perhaps literally, loading side; see lade, board); later larborde (by analogy with starboard) Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for larboard
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  • Now, toward which of the three are we bound, and will our good ship run to larboard or to starboard?

    Over the Rocky Mountains to Alaska Charles Warren Stoddard
  • That will do; now pull on the larboard and back the starboard oars.

    The Boat Club Oliver Optic
  • One morning, about two bells, the lookout reported a small vessel on the larboard bow, laboring heavily.

    In Clive's Command Herbert Strang
  • Pelham cottage is just up there,” she said, “at the top of larboard Lane.

    Killykinick Mary T. Waggaman
  • Passing close astern, she raked her with her three larboard guns.

    Brothers of Peril Theodore Goodridge Roberts
  • Our larboard bow-chaser was fired, but the Algerine took no notice of it.

    Paddy Finn W. H. G. Kingston
  • It was on their larboard quarter as they made in long tacks for the north.

    The Deemster Hall Caine
  • As he spoke, Gerald shouted from the mast-head, “A sail on the larboard bow!”

    The Missing Ship W. H. G. Kingston
  • One day all hands turned-to together, and fired starboard and larboard, until we could see nothing but a few mast-heads.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • A little later the larboard fore-sheet went, and the sail was split.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
British Dictionary definitions for larboard


noun, adjective
(nautical) a former word for port2
Word Origin
C14 laddeborde (changed to larboard by association with starboard), from laden to load + bordeboard
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Word Origin and History for larboard

"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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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