Definition of rowlock in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈrɒlək/
Pronunciation: /ˈrʌlək/


A fitting on the gunwale of a boat which serves as a fulcrum for an oar and keeps it in place.
Example sentences
  • Frequently afterwards, according to the legend, the boat was seen returning to its moorings and the sound of the oars grinding in the rowlocks could be clearly heard.
  • All the way out and all the way back, the only sounds to be heard, apart from our conversation, were the thunk of the oars in the rowlocks and the splashing of the water as the boat moved along.
  • Although both carbon fibre oars were smashed to pieces and the stainless rowlock pins bent, the crew had two spare oars on board and managed to repair the rowlocks.


Mid 18th century: alteration of oarlock, influenced by the verb row2.

Words that rhyme with rowlock

ballock, pollack, pollock

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: row|lock

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