- an armed combat ship disguised as a merchant vessel to attract submarines within attack range.
Origin of Q-ship
1915–20; Q a naval classification
Also called Q-boat.
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- a merchant ship with concealed guns, used to decoy enemy ships into the range of its weapons
named from q (uery)