Definition of boatload in English:

boatload

noun

  • 1An amount of cargo or number of passengers which will fill a ship or boat.

    ‘a boatload of coal’
    • ‘Can you imagine a boatload of white Zimbabwean farmers being turned away?’
    • ‘Today a boatload of cattle has left Ireland for Lebanon.’
    • ‘He is also charged with similar offences relating to a boatload of 147 refugees, who landed on Australia's Christmas Island on August 4, 2001.’
    • ‘At dinner, on the banks of this biblical river, we watch a boatload of teenagers rocking to hot rhythms, Algerian ‘rai’ music, I'm told.’
    • ‘There was also a story on Friday of a boatload of people on Ashmore Reef in a leaky boat, who our navy had refused to pick up.’
    • ‘PORT St Johns has had enough of so-called anglers who come in, drop anchor in the Umzimvubu River for a couple of nights, catch everything they can and then head off home with a boatload of fish to sell.’
    • ‘A boatload of refugees rescued from their sinking vessel at sea has finally been allowed to land, after a two week standoff.’
    • ‘And there we were, sitting out on the deck, minding our own business when along came a boatload of environmentalists chanting slogans and waving pamphlets at us.’
    • ‘A boatload of refugees has provoked a nervous reaction in Australia, but attitudes toward immigration may be shifting’
    • ‘A boatload of nearly 4000 are on their way to Saudi Arabia’
    • ‘At least five people drowned and many more are feared dead after a trawler attempting to ferry a boatload of illegal immigrants capsized Sunday in bad weather off the southern coast, police said Monday.’
    • ‘I just don't get why so many people are so passionate in their support of his turning away a boatload of refugees.’
    • ‘My first letter focused on a boatload of 14 refugees; conveniently neither Lynda nor Robin mentioned them.’
    • ‘He expected to rub elbows with celebrities on the cruise but found he was the only celebrity on the good ship, Quaker City, among a boatload of pious Christians.’
    • ‘When a boatload of condoms arrived at the dock in Losuia as part of Papua New Guinea's national family planning program, the islanders blew them into balloons and sent them drifting out to sea.’
    • ‘This means that strong racers stuck with a boatload of rafting novices might be held up in their overall time, but organizers seemed to believe this minor idiosyncrasy added to the fun of the event.’
    • ‘Ship of Fools, based on the Katherine Anne Porter novel about a boatload of vaguely doomed passengers in the 1930s, is pretty much a disaster.’
    • ‘A runaway crocodile that has eluded capture in suburban Hong Kong for five months was spotted ‘sunbathing’ on traps laid out for it before being scared off by a boatload of photographers, reports said yesterday.’
    • ‘We had completely lost track of this rationale by the time a boatload of them turned in July this year.’
    • ‘And while I was there, we had a boatload of refugees coming from a town called Chilong, another town that was just literally wiped off the face of the Earth.’
    cargo, freight, freightage, charge, burden
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    1. 1.1informal A large amount.
      ‘the Telecommunications Reform Act created a boatload of new regulations’
      • ‘He's facing a boatload of ugly challenges and dilemmas.’
      • ‘Lyle and Erik went out and spent a boatload of money after the murders, and this sort of cast suspicion on them immediately.’
      • ‘However, I know from hallway conversation that there's a boatload of Open Source technology worth reading.’
      • ‘Without these emergency-level interest rates, servicing this additional boatload of debt is no longer possible for ordinary consumers.’
      • ‘As a C-section can lead to a boatload of blood loss, I had arranged to have extra blood on hand, donated by her village moments before the surgery.’
      • ‘It's almost as though Ang Lee went back in time with a boatload of Hulk books and gave them to Sophocles to read and write a play about.’
      • ‘Into the frame chugs a boatload of Aborigines, dressed in army khakis, ‘discovery’ in their eyes.’
      • ‘Each summer, the company invites a boatload of bright young apprentice singers, all hoping for some quality stage experience.’
      • ‘We're now up to 45 teachers, and a boatload of ratings.’
      • ‘The unions are spending a boatload of money to protect their paycheck deduction for dues and to fight against extending the time to get teacher tenure.’
      • ‘The very word is laden with a boatload of meaning that unavoidably springs to mind when you say it.’
      • ‘Niké Beltrán Luqman whipped up a boatload of tapas from her native Spain recently for the farewell afternoon she hosted at her home in honor of Dr. Charles Smith and Richard Morgan.’
      • ‘Paint the tires black, dump a boatload of additives into the gas tank, raise the gas pedals a little… lots of cheap, quick fixes.’
      • ‘This adds a boatload of confusion to an environment that's already very confused.’
      • ‘Reeves' Constantine is an entirely different character, a sardonic L.A. noir hero who lives alone in a gigantic loft with all his supernatural trickeries and a boatload of old-school Catholic guilt.’
      • ‘Boaters who have run out of electronic gizmos to stuff in Christmas stockings have a boatload of nautical books to fill the gap this year.’
      • ‘I've written a boatload of opinions that remain more dubious than ever in the face of subsequent conventional wisdom - and I continue to believe almost every one.’
      • ‘At one point later on, I'm crossing the famous Skinny Bridge just as it's being raised for a boatload of partiers.’
      • ‘I just got a boatload of new possibilities for moving, and I am feeling distinctly hopeful again.’
      • ‘An image eventually begins to appear (based on a boatload of research and an eon of enforced intuitive reflection).’

Pronunciation:

boatload

/ˈbəʊtləʊd/