Definition of clinker-built in English:


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Pronunciation: /klɪŋkəˈbɪlt


  • (Of a boat) having external planks which overlap downwards and are secured with clinched nails: an old clinker-built rowing boat Compare with carvel-built.
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    • Perhaps the most interesting of these were the clench-nails, as these were used to fasten the overlapping long planks of a clinker-built vessel together.
    • The roof here is constructed almost like a clinker-built boat, again reflecting Barry's other great love, sailing.
    • It's a 14 ft, wooden, clinker-built boat, upside down and in need of some varnish.


mid 18th century: clinker from clink (northern English variant of clinch).

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