or i·ron·sick


adjective Nautical.

noting a wooden hull, fastened with iron, in which chemical interaction between the iron and the wood has resulted in the decay of both; nail-sick.

Nearby words

  1. iron-gray,
  2. iron-hearted,
  3. iron-jawed,
  4. iron-on,
  5. iron-pumper,
  6. iron-storage disease,
  7. ironbark,
  8. ironbound,
  9. ironclad,
  10. irondequoit

Origin of iron-sick

First recorded in 1620–30

Related formsiron sickness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for iron-sick

  • That old ship of the faith was leaky and iron-sick, and down by the head and heel, as they say at sea.

    'Charge It'|Irving Bacheller