- ( US ) IPA: /ˈstɑɹbɚd/
- Starboard on Wikipedia .
Middle English sterbord, from Old English steorbord ( “side on which a vessel was steered” ), the right side of the boat, making it impractical to put the right side against a pier when in port, hence the left side of the boat became known as the port side. Steering capabilities with such a primitive oar and steering system would be compromised if it was on the left, as the majority of able seamen were right-handed .
Explanation of starboard by Wordnet Dictionary
- Starboard ( -bōrd or -bẽrd ), n. [OE. sterbord, AS. steórbord, i.e., steer board. See Steer, v. t., Board of a vessel, and cf. Larboard.] ( Naut. ) That side of a vessel which is on the right hand of a person who stands on board facing the bow; -- opposed to larboard, or port.
- Starboard, a. ( Naut. ) Pertaining to the right-hand side of a ship; being or lying on the right side; as, “the starboard shrouds; starboard quarter; starboard tack.”
- Starboard, v. t. ( Naut. ) To put to the right, or starboard, side of a vessel; as, “to starboard the helm”.
Definition of starboard by GCIDE Dictionary