Meaning of boatload in English:


Pronunciation /ˈbəʊtləʊd/

Translate boatload into Spanish


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

    ‘ a boatload of coal’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A boatload of refugees rescued from their sinking vessel at sea has finally been allowed to land, after a two week standoff.’
    • ‘A boatload of nearly 4000 are on their way to Saudi Arabia’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Today a boatload of cattle has left Ireland for Lebanon.’
    • ‘I just don't get why so many people are so passionate in their support of his turning away a boatload of refugees.’
    • ‘We had completely lost track of this rationale by the time a boatload of them turned in July this year.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    cargo, freight, freightage, charge, burden
    1. 1.1 informal A large amount.
      • ‘the Telecommunications Reform Act created a boatload of new regulations’
      • ‘She whipped up a boatload of tapas from her native Spain.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We're now up to 45 teachers, and a boatload of ratings.’
      • ‘He's facing a boatload of ugly challenges and dilemmas.’
      • ‘An image eventually begins to appear (based on a boatload of research and an eon of enforced intuitive reflection).’
      • ‘Lyle and Erik went out and spent a boatload of money after the murders, and this sort of cast suspicion on them immediately.’
      • ‘Each summer, the company invites a boatload of bright young apprentice singers, all hoping for some quality stage experience.’
      • ‘There's a boatload of Open Source technology worth reading.’
      • ‘The very word is laden with a boatload of meaning that unavoidably springs to mind when you say it.’
      • ‘I just got a boatload of new possibilities for moving, and I am feeling distinctly hopeful again.’
      • ‘This adds a boatload of confusion to an environment that's already very confused.’
      • ‘Without these emergency-level interest rates, servicing this additional boatload of debt is no longer possible for ordinary consumers.’