Try Our Apps


Supposedly vs. Supposably

running board

a small ledge, step, or footboard, formerly beneath the doors of an automobile, to assist passengers entering or leaving the car.
Origin of running board
1810-20, in sense “platform from which a large pole boat is poled,” Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for running-board
Historical Examples
  • Spike gasped and sat down weakly upon the running-board of a car, and the Old Un stole a furtive peep at him.

    The Definite Object Jeffery Farnol
  • Lashed to the running-board was an extra tire, fully inflated.

    A Little Miss Nobody Amy Bell Marlowe
  • She stepped up on the running-board of the car and laid her hand on the interpreter's arm.

    The Prisoner Alice Brown
  • She sat down on the running-board of the machine and gasped.

    Across the Mesa Jarvis Hall
  • Rosal put his foot on the running-board without the least sign of going away.

    The Game and the Candle Eleanor M. Ingram
  • It lacked not only top and side-curtains, but even windshield and running-board.

    Free Air Sinclair Lewis
  • The fireman may be held responsible for the cleanly appearance of his engine above the running-board.

    The Modern Railroad Edward Hungerford
  • She sat on the running-board, and it was pleasant to be relieved of responsibility.

    Free Air Sinclair Lewis
  • Thompson bridged that gap with his feet still on the running-board of the roadster.

    Burned Bridges Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • Roberto had heard and leaped for the running-board of the car.

British Dictionary definitions for running-board

running board

a footboard along the side of a vehicle, esp an early motorcar
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for running board

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for running

Scrabble Words With Friends