Meaning of hoverboard in English:


Pronunciation /ˈhɒvəbɔːd/


  • 1(chiefly in science fiction) a means of transport resembling a skateboard that travels above the surface of the ground, ridden in a standing position.

    ‘an entire generation of kids grew up wishing they could one day ride a hoverboard’
    • ‘That hoverboard made me really, really want to be living in the year 2015.’
    • ‘Imagine how much easier it would have been for Riddick to totally outrun the sun if he would have had a hoverboard or jetpack.’
    • ‘The Stealth Hoverboard from Go-Ped is exactly what I want: the "most evolutionary development in personal transportation since the foot."’
    • ‘It's not the Hoverboard from Back to the Future, but close.’
    • ‘The awesome hoverboard is back and at certain spots, players are forced to use it to travel from one point to another.’
    • ‘It would be easy to climb up on my hoverboard, but the guards would have me on the ground before I was three feet in the air.’
    • ‘So, you won't be taking your hoverboard out for a ride very soon, but the fact that Lifters can lift anything at all is a breakthrough for these weird science researchers.’
    • ‘According to Lexus, the Hoverboard implements liquid nitrogen cooled superconductors and permanent magnets to help achieve the levitation effect.’
    • ‘While the Hendo Hoverboard doesn't get as much air as the Marty McFly version, at least it's the real deal.’
    • ‘Skateboarding is going airborne this fall with the launch of the first real commercially marketed hoverboard which uses magnetics to float about an inch off the ground.’
  • 2 Trademark A motorized personal vehicle consisting of a platform for the feet mounted on two wheels and controlled by the way the rider distributes their weight.

  • 3A motorized personal vehicle consisting of a single central wheel with platforms for the feet on either side and controlled by the way the rider distributes their weight.


1980s from hover + -board (as in skateboard), popularized by the 1989 film Back to the Future Part II.