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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [hweyl-bak, weyl-]
    • /ˈʰweɪlˌbæk, ˈweɪl-/
    • /wˈeɪlbak/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [hweyl-bak, weyl-]
    • /ˈʰweɪlˌbæk, ˈweɪl-/

Definitions of whaleback word

  • noun whaleback Nautical. a cargo vessel having a hull with a convex deck. a deck or cover curving upward. 1
  • noun whaleback something shaped like the back of a whale, as a rounded hill or an ocean wave. 1
  • noun whaleback A thing that is shaped like a whale’s back, especially an arched structure over the bow or stern part of the deck of a steamer, or a large elongated hill. 1
  • noun whaleback something shaped like the back of a whale 0
  • noun whaleback a steamboat having a curved upper deck 0
  • noun whaleback something rounded on top like the back of a whale 0

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Origin of whaleback

First appearance:

before 1885
One of the 21% newest English words
First recorded in 1885-90; whale1 + back1

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Parts of speech for Whaleback


whaleback popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 46% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 52% 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.

whaleback usage trend in Literature

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