[fuht-uh k]

noun Nautical.

any of a number of timbers forming the lower, more curved portion of the frame in a wooden hull.

Origin of futtock

First recorded in 1605–15; perhaps alteration of foothook
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Examples from the Web for futtock

Historical Examples of futtock

  • You must climb out by the futtock shrouds, as every proper sailor does.

    Young Tom Bowling

    J.C. Hutcheson

  • Each pair of shrouds should be served below the futtock staves.

    The Seaman's Friend

    Richard Henry Dana

  • One is by going along some ropes, called the futtock shrouds, when one hangs very much as a fly does crawling along the ceiling.

    My First Cruise

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • Futtock, fut′uk, n. one of the separate pieces of timber composing the frame of a ship.

  • Timbers in the cant-bodies, reaching from the dead-wood to the head of the second futtock, and forming a floor.

    The Sailor's Word-Book

    William Henry Smyth

British Dictionary definitions for futtock



nautical one of the ribs in the frame of a wooden vessel

Word Origin for futtock

C13: perhaps variant of foothook
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