gunnel

1
[guhn-l]
noun
  1. any small eellike blenny of the family Pholididae (Pholidae), especially Pholis gunnellus (rock gunnel), common in shallow waters of the North Atlantic.

Origin of gunnel

1
First recorded in 1680–90; origin uncertain
Also called bracketed blenny.

gunnel

2
[guhn-l]
noun Nautical.
  1. gunwale.

Origin of gunnel

2
1425–75; Middle English. See gunwale

gunwale

or gun·nel

[guhn-l]
noun Nautical.
  1. the upper edge of the side or bulwark of a vessel.
  2. the sheer strake of a wooden vessel; the uppermost strake beneath the plank-sheer.

Origin of gunwale

1325–75; Middle English. See gun1, wale1; a plank so called because guns were set upon it
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British Dictionary definitions for gunnel

gunnel

1
noun
  1. any eel-like blennioid fish of the family Pholidae, occurring in coastal regions of northern seasSee also butterfish

Word Origin for gunnel

C17: of unknown origin

gunnel

2
noun
  1. a variant spelling of gunwale

Word Origin for gunnel

C15: from gun + wale 1 from its use to support guns

gunwale

gunnel

noun
  1. nautical the top of the side of a boat or the topmost plank of a wooden vessel
  2. full to the gunwales completely full; full to overflowing
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Word Origin and History for gunnel
n.

small marine fish, 1680s, of unknown origin; perhaps from Cornish.

gunwale

n.

mid-15c., gonne walle, from gun (n.) + wale "plank" (see wale). Originally a platform on the deck of a ship to support the mounted guns.

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