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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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  • It is an open secret that the concert was organised by killick.

  • "I reckon the old man will be dropping the killick before long," he said.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • Here he threw out the killick and unwound the line from his fishing pole.

    Lines in Pleasant Places

    William Senior
  • Here, lay hold of the rope and make a hitch round that killick.

    The Lost Middy George Manville Fenn
  • A fisherman said to killick: 'Do you hear that voice thundering?

  • killick had lifted him into the conveyance, and he lifted him out.

  • In the shallow water near the beach, we dropped our killick.

    Jim Davis John Masefield
  • Mrs Brash had fired the train and killick was the explosion.

    A Safety Match

    Ian Hay
  • The mob were pouring up the steps in response to killick's final invitation.

    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
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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