O o


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [oh-kuh m]
    • /ˈoʊ kəm/
    • /ˈəʊkəm/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [oh-kuh m]
    • /ˈoʊ kəm/

Definitions of oakum word

  • noun oakum loose fiber obtained by untwisting and picking apart old ropes, used for caulking the seams of ships. 1
  • noun oakum Loose fiber obtained by untwisting old rope, used especially in caulking wooden ships. 1
  • noun oakum loose fibre obtained by unravelling old rope, used esp for caulking seams in wooden ships 0
  • noun oakum loose, stringy hemp fiber gotten by taking apart old ropes and treated as with tar, used as a caulking material 0

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Origin of oakum

First appearance:

before 1000
One of the 6% oldest English words
before 1000; Middle English okome, Old English ācuma, variant of ācumba, literally, offcombings, equivalent to ā- separative prefix (see a-3) + -cumba (see comb1)

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oakum popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 92% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
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Synonyms for oakum

noun oakum

  • filler — an aluminum coin of Hungary, the 100th part of a forint.

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