granny knot

or granny's knot


noun

an incorrect version of a square knot in which the bights cross each other in the wrong direction next to the end, so as to produce a knot that is insecure.

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Also called lubber's knot.

Origin of granny knot

First recorded in 1850–55; so called in contempt
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British Dictionary definitions for granny knot

granny knot

granny's knot


noun

a reef knot with the ends crossed the wrong way, making it liable to slip or jam
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