[fawr-peek, fohr-]

Origin of forepeak

First recorded in 1685–95; fore- + peak1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for forepeak

Historical Examples of forepeak

  • After opening the forepeak hatch I heard splashing in there.

    Lord Jim

    Joseph Conrad

  • While Harry tried to reach the after cabin, Tom did his best to get to the men in the forepeak.

    True Blue

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • Another keg of water, found in the forepeak, first rewarded their labours.

    True Blue

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • It struck, mellow, clear, and they were about to creep in the direction of the forepeak.

    Blackbeard: Buccaneer

    Ralph D. Paine

  • Yacamo, the guide, stood in the forepeak of the ship, the centre of an eager group.

    Sea-Dogs All!

    Tom Bevan

British Dictionary definitions for forepeak


  1. nautical the interior part of a vessel that is furthest forward
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