[ kawk ]

  1. Also calkin. a projection on a horseshoe to prevent slipping on ice, pavement, etc.

  2. Also calker. a similar device on the heel or sole of a shoe to prevent slipping.

verb (used with object)
  1. to provide with calks.

  2. to injure with a calk.

Origin of calk

1580–90; perhaps a back formation from calkin, taken as a verb calk + -in present participle suffix (Middle English -inde), confused with -ing2

Words Nearby calk Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use calk in a sentence

  • Yes, I always chunk well and calk good with moss before I mud it, then you have a good warm camp.

    Fifty Years a Hunter and Trapper | Eldred Nathaniel Woodcock
  • They make honey from this tree; also oakum with which to calk ships, which lasts in the water, when that from here would rot.

  • There can be grouped in the class of infectious affections such conditions as nail pricks, calk wounds and canker.

    Lameness of the Horse | John Victor Lacroix
  • In some instances, the pastern joint is opened by calk wounds and then, of course, an infectious arthritis succeeds the injury.

    Lameness of the Horse | John Victor Lacroix
  • If so, make them tight with batten strips or, if very loose, calk them with oakum.

    If You're Going to Live in the Country | Thomas H. Ormsbee and Richmond Huntley

British Dictionary definitions for calk (1 of 3)


/ (kɔːk) /

  1. a variant spelling of caulk

British Dictionary definitions for calk (2 of 3)


calkin (ˈkɔːkɪn, ˈkæl-)

/ (kɔːk) /

  1. a metal projection on a horse's shoe to prevent slipping

  2. mainly US and Canadian a set of spikes or a spiked plate attached to the sole of a boot, esp by loggers, to prevent slipping

  1. to provide with calks

  2. to wound with a calk

Origin of calk

C17: from Latin calx heel

British Dictionary definitions for calk (3 of 3)


/ (kɔːk) /

  1. (tr) to transfer (a design) by tracing it with a blunt point from one sheet backed with loosely fixed colouring matter onto another placed underneath

Origin of calk

C17: from French calquer to trace; see calque

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