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or calker

[kaw-ker] /ˈkɔ kər/
a person who caulks the seams of boats or the like.
a caulking tool or device.
Origin of caulker
First recorded in 1485-95; caulk + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • One of the caulker's tools; it has a groove in it, and is used after the caulking iron to finish off the seam.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • The caulker's apprentice, who attends to bring oakum, pitch, &c.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • The two Torteval lads resumed their march, quickening their steps behind the caulker's apprentice.

    Toilers of the Sea Victor Hugo
  • She's a caulker, Sissie is; you don't take a rise out of Sissie in a hurry.

    Hilda Wade Grant Allen
  • The "tap-tap" of the caulker's hammer on the slip-way in Harwich River was silent now.

    The Last Hope Henry Seton Merriman
  • The caulker had filled it up with oakum from the inside, since which she had made but little water lying at an anchor.

  • For eight-and-forty years she had been high and dry; never a caulker's hammer had rung upon her in all that time.

    The Frozen Pirate W. Clark Russell
  • A caulker's tool for tearing oakum out of a seam, or stripping copper or sheathing from a ship's bottom.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • I waited some minutes, bursting with impatience and anxiety, during which242 I heard him hammering away like a caulker.

  • Mess Lethierry, as did the Duke de Vibonne, called the sheer of the decks la tonture, and the caulker's chisel la patarasse.

    Toilers of the Sea Victor Hugo

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