noun Shipbuilding.

a person who builds and launches wooden vessels or does carpentry work in connection with the building and launching of steel or iron vessels.

Origin of shipwright

before 1100; Middle English; Old English scipwyrhta. See ship1, wright Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for shipwright

Historical Examples of shipwright

  • There was once a shipwright, and he wrought in a Government Yard, and his name was Chips.

  • And when you want to buy a ship, the shipwright or the pilot would be better?

  • What is he that builds stronger than either the mason, the shipwright, or the carpenter?


    William Shakespeare

  • Who builds stronger than a mason, a shipwright, or a carpenter?


    William Shakespeare

  • You are hard as the axe which a shipwright wields at his work, and cleaves the timber to his liking.

British Dictionary definitions for shipwright



an artisan skilled in one or more of the tasks required to build vessels
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Word Origin and History for shipwright

Old English scipwyrhta; see ship (n.) + wright (n.).

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