Blackwall hitch

[ blak-wawl ]
/ ˈblækˌwɔl /


a hitch made with a rope over a hook so that it holds fast when pulled but is loose otherwise.

Origin of Blackwall hitch

First recorded in 1860–65; named after Blackwall, a London shipyard Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for blackwall hitch

Blackwall hitch
/ (ˈblækˌwɔːl) /


a knot for hooking tackle to the end of a rope, holding fast when pulled but otherwise loose

Word Origin for Blackwall hitch

C19: named after Blackwall, former docks in London
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