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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [awr-lok, ohr-]
    • /ˈɔrˌlɒk, ˈoʊr-/
    • /ˈɔː.lɒk/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [awr-lok, ohr-]
    • /ˈɔrˌlɒk, ˈoʊr-/

Definitions of oarlock word

  • noun oarlock any of various devices providing a pivot for an oar in rowing, especially a swiveling, crutchlike or ringlike metal device projecting above a gunwale. 1
  • noun oarlock A fitting on the gunwale of a boat that serves as a fulcrum for an oar and keeps it in place. 1
  • countable noun oarlock The oarlocks on a rowing boat are the U-shaped pieces of metal that keep the oars in position while you move them backwards and forwards. 0
  • noun oarlock a swivelling device attached to the gunwale of a boat that holds an oar in place and acts as a fulcrum during rowing 0
  • noun oarlock a device, often U-shaped, for holding an oar in place in rowing 0

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Origin of oarlock

First appearance:

before 1100
One of the 6% oldest English words
before 1100; Middle English orlok, Old English ārloc. See oar, lock1

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oarlock popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 78% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
According to our data about 55% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

oarlock usage trend in Literature

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