starboard

Definitions

General English

Aviation

  • noun the right-hand side of an aircraft when facing forwards when inside the aircraft

Military

  • noun the right-hand side of an aircraft, boat or ship

Travel

  • noun the right-hand side of a ship when facing the bow, also used of the right-hand side of an aircraft

Origin & History of “starboard”

Starboard is etymologically ‘steer-board’. The word originated as an Old English compound formed from stēor ‘paddle, rudder’ (a relative of the verb steer) and bord ‘board’. The early Germanic peoples propelled and steered their boats by means of a paddle on the right-hand side of the vessel – hence the use of starboard as the nautical equivalent of right.
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