What does aboveboard mean?

aboveboard meaning in General Dictionary

over the board or table Hence in available sight without trick concealment or deception

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  • in a reputable way
  • without concealment or deception; truthful
  • over the board or table. Hence: in available picture; without trick, concealment, or deception.

aboveboard meaning in Etymology Dictionary

1610s, from above and board (n.1). "A figurative expression borrowed from gamesters, who, when they put their hands under the table, are changing their cards." [Johnson]


aboveboard meaning in General Dictionary

(adv.) Above the board or dining table. Ergo: in available picture; without trick, concealment, or deception.