Definition of matchwood in English:


Line breaks: match|wood
Pronunciation: /ˈmatʃwʊd


[mass noun]
  • 1Very small pieces or splinters of wood: the bomb reduced the flimsy huts to matchwood
    More example sentences
    • The full force of the waves hit us, rocking our little boat like a piece of matchwood.
    • He did, however, blow his bottom off and reduce the kitchen to splintered matchwood.
    • They had built a breakwater so ineffectual that any boat taking overnight shelter behind it was likely to be smashed to matchwood on the rocks.
  • 1.1Light poor-quality wood: [as modifier]: matchwood furniture

More definitions of matchwood

Definition of matchwood in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day skosh
Pronunciation: skəʊʃ
a small amount; a little