Definition of killick in English:


Line breaks: kil|lick
Pronunciation: /ˈkɪlɪk


  • 1A heavy stone used by small craft as an anchor.
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    • Lobsters were fished at that time using ‘set lines’ which were run straight out from shore and anchored at each end with a killick, a homemade anchor fashioned of rocks, sticks, and rope.
    • On the right, a killick, or home-made anchor using a specially selected killick-stone wedged into a natural-grown tree fork.
  • 1.1A small anchor.
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    • When we got round the horn my boys, we had some glorious days. And very soon our killick dropped in Valparaiso bay.
  • 1.2British Nautical slang A leading seaman.
    [so named because the leading seaman's badge bore the symbol of an anchor]
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    • I seem to recall that one apprentice went ashore one Saturday afternoon with a killick he knew.
    • I was the only Able Seaman on the course along with two killicks, two petty officers and four warrant officers.


mid 17th century: of unknown origin.

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