oarlock

[ awr-lok, ohr- ]
/ ˈɔrˌlɒk, ˈoʊr- /
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noun

any of various devices providing a pivot for an oar in rowing, especially a swiveling, crutchlike or ringlike metal device projecting above a gunwale.

Nearby words

  1. oapc,
  2. oapec,
  3. oar,
  4. oared,
  5. oarfish,
  6. oars,
  7. oarsman,
  8. oarweed,
  9. oary,
  10. oas

Origin of oarlock

before 1100; Middle English orlok, Old English ārloc. See oar, lock1

Also called rowlock.

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British Dictionary definitions for oarlock

oarlock

/ (ˈɔːˌlɒk) /

noun

US and Canadian a swivelling device attached to the gunwale of a boat that holds an oar in place and acts as a fulcrum during rowingAlso called: rowlock
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Word Origin and History for oarlock

oarlock

n.

mid-14c., from oar + lock (n.1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper