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[kil-ik] /ˈkɪl ɪk/
a small anchor or weight for mooring a boat, sometimes consisting of a stone secured by pieces of wood.
any anchor.
Also, killock [kil-ik, -uh k] /ˈkɪl ɪk, -ək/ (Show IPA).
Origin of killick
First recorded in 1620-30; origin uncertain Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Mrs. killick, a trouser-finisher, told the Sweating Committee that she could not make more than 1s.

    The Alien Invasion William Henry Wilkins
  • Here, lay hold of the rope and make a hitch round that killick.

    The Lost Middy George Manville Fenn
  • Here he threw out the killick and unwound the line from his fishing pole.

    Lines in Pleasant Places William Senior
  • killick had lifted him into the conveyance, and he lifted him out.

  • They usually contained a coil of half-inch line for the road, a "killick," and a brace of powder-kegs for the trawls.

  • A breeze at nightfall fanned her along, and when her killick went down, the rusty chain groaned querulously from her hawse-hole.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • It is an open secret that the concert was organised by killick.

  • Mr Montague looked up, and regarded Mr killick with something akin to affection.

    A Safety Match Ian Hay
  • Think becos you've got a killick on yer arm yer can do wot yer likes, I suppose!

    Pincher Martin, O.D. H. Taprell Dorling
  • Mr killick, an old acquaintance of ours, supported by his friend Mr Brash, led the procession.

    A Safety Match Ian Hay
British Dictionary definitions for killick


(nautical) a small anchor, esp one made of a heavy stone
Word Origin
C17: of unknown origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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