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[skeyt-bawrd, -bohrd] /ˈskeɪtˌbɔrd, -ˌboʊrd/
a device for riding upon, usually while standing, consisting of a short, oblong piece of wood, plastic, or aluminum mounted on large roller-skate wheels, used on smooth surfaces and requiring better balance of the rider than the ordinary roller skate does.
verb (used without object)
to ride a skateboard.
Origin of skateboard
1960-65; skate1 + board
Related forms
skateboarder, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for skateboard
  • They might skateboard on weekends or take flamenco lessons.
  • Some banged together skateboard ramps with salvaged plywood.
  • skateboard manufacturers are catering to the new rollers.
  • The kickboard is an unholy combination of skateboard and scooter geared toward stunts.
  • Other park amenities include a playground, water spray park, skateboard park and fitness course.
  • They offer walking trails and paths, swimming, and skate and skateboard facilities.
  • Because skateboard wheels roll on ball bearings, the friction will be low.
British Dictionary definitions for skateboard


a narrow board mounted on roller-skate wheels, usually ridden while standing up
(intransitive) to ride on a skateboard
Derived Forms
skateboarder, noun
skateboarding, noun
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Word Origin and History for skateboard

1964, noun and verb, from skate (v.) on model of surfboard. The phenomenon began c.1963 in southern California and was nationwide the following summer.

Skateboarding requires only a tapered piece of wood flexibly mounted on roller-skate wheels and a stretch of pavement -- preferably downhill and away from traffic. ["Life," June 5, 1964]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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