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  1. faced or surfaced with boards, plates, etc., each course of which overlaps the one below, lapstrake.
  2. Also clincher-built. Shipbuilding. noting a hull whose shell is formed of planking (clinker planking) or plating (clinker plating) in which each strake overlaps the next one below and is overlapped by the next one above.
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Compare carvel-built.

Origin of clinker-built

1760–70; clinker (variant of clincher) + built
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Historical Examples

  • In the midst of a channel was a clinker-built boat—and a man was standing in it.

    The Firebug

    Roy J. Snell

  • The lugger was found to be decked and clinker-built with a running bowsprit on which she set a jib.

  • The boat is thus a transitional form between the dug-out canoe and the clinker-built boat.

  • Another light, clinker-built boat was launched, and reached him just right.

  • The shell or body looked like a clinker-built boat of twenty-five or thirty tons, bottom up, and the seams of the laps newly paid.

British Dictionary definitions for clinker-built



  1. (of a boat or ship) having a hull constructed with each plank overlapping that belowAlso called: lapstrake Compare carvel-built
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Word Origin

C18 clinker a nailing together, probably from clinch
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