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[fuht-uh k] /ˈfʌt ək/
noun, Nautical.
any of a number of timbers forming the lower, more curved portion of the frame in a wooden hull.
Origin of futtock
First recorded in 1605-15; perhaps alteration of foothook Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for futtock
Historical Examples
  • You must climb out by the futtock shrouds, as every proper sailor does.

    Young Tom Bowling J.C. Hutcheson
  • Each pair of shrouds should be served below the futtock staves.

    The Seaman's Friend Richard Henry Dana
  • One is by going along some ropes, called the futtock shrouds, when one hangs very much as a fly does crawling along the ceiling.

    My First Cruise W.H.G. Kingston
  • futtock, fut′uk, n. one of the separate pieces of timber composing the frame of a ship.

  • Timbers in the cant-bodies, reaching from the dead-wood to the head of the second futtock, and forming a floor.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • Formerly the middle third was parcelled over the service, below the wake of the futtock staff.

    The Seaman's Friend Richard Henry Dana
  • Looking up, I saw him with his back almost horizontal above me, going along the futtock shrouds to get into the top.

    Paddy Finn W. H. G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for futtock


(nautical) one of the ribs in the frame of a wooden vessel
Word Origin
C13: perhaps variant of foothook
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