Q-ship

[ kyoo-ship ]
/ ˈkyuˌʃɪp /

noun

an armed combat ship disguised as a merchant vessel to attract submarines within attack range.

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Also called Q-boat [kyoo-boht] /ˈkyuˌboʊt/ .

Origin of Q-ship

First recorded in 1915–20; Q, being a naval classification

Words nearby Q-ship

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British Dictionary definitions for Q-ship

Q-ship

noun

a merchant ship with concealed guns, used to decoy enemy ships into the range of its weapons

Word Origin for Q-ship

named from q (uery)
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