Definition of boatload in English:



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

    ‘a boatload of coal’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We had completely lost track of this rationale by the time a boatload of them turned in July this year.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I just don't get why so many people are so passionate in their support of his turning away a boatload of refugees.’
    • ‘A boatload of nearly 4000 are on their way to Saudi Arabia’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Can you imagine a boatload of white Zimbabwean farmers being turned away?’
    • ‘My first letter focused on a boatload of 14 refugees; conveniently neither Lynda nor Robin mentioned them.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘A boatload of refugees rescued from their sinking vessel at sea has finally been allowed to land, after a two week standoff.’
    • ‘Today a boatload of cattle has left Ireland for Lebanon.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Have you taken a look at the boatload of new MPs to hit Ottawa recently?’
      • ‘Without these emergency-level interest rates, servicing this additional boatload of debt is no longer possible for ordinary consumers.’
      • ‘Paint the tires black, dump a boatload of additives into the gas tank, raise the gas pedals a little… lots of cheap, quick fixes.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The very word is laden with a boatload of meaning that unavoidably springs to mind when you say it.’
      • ‘We're now up to 45 teachers, and a boatload of ratings.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Lyle and Erik went out and spent a boatload of money after the murders, and this sort of cast suspicion on them immediately.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘An image eventually begins to appear (based on a boatload of research and an eon of enforced intuitive reflection).’
      • ‘This adds a boatload of confusion to an environment that's already very confused.’
      • ‘For this year's romp through their back catalogue, they've rafted in a boatload of friends who don't have day jobs they shouldn't quit.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He's facing a boatload of ugly challenges and dilemmas.’
      • ‘North Carolina's boatload of elite prospects might form a championship team.’
      • ‘At one point later on, I'm crossing the famous Skinny Bridge just as it's being raised for a boatload of partiers.’
      • ‘Hey, and one thing I have had a boatload of is the over the top colour scheming in this show.’
      • ‘I just got a boatload of new possibilities for moving, and I am feeling distinctly hopeful again.’
      • ‘Each summer, the company invites a boatload of bright young apprentice singers, all hoping for some quality stage experience.’
      • ‘But presumably you did this because you knew this boatload of people was on its way, is that correct?’
      • ‘Into the frame chugs a boatload of Aborigines, dressed in army khakis, ‘discovery’ in their eyes.’
      • ‘However, I know from hallway conversation that there's a boatload of Open Source technology worth reading.’
      • ‘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.’