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q-ship

q-ship
Q q

Transcription

    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [kyoo ship]
    • /kyu ʃɪp/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [kyoo ship]
    • /kyu ʃɪp/

Definitions of q-ship word

  • noun q-ship an armed combat ship disguised as a merchant vessel to attract submarines within attack range. 1
  • noun q-ship a merchant ship with concealed guns, used to decoy enemy ships into the range of its weapons 0

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Origin of q-ship

First appearance:

before 1915
One of the 14% newest English words
1915-20; Q a naval classification

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Q-ship

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation

q-ship popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 54% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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