Definition of killick in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkilik/


1A heavy stone used by small craft as an anchor.
Example sentences
  • 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.
1.1Any anchor, especially a small one.
Example sentences
  • Anchor and killick went down, JOLLY ROSE swung to, and he fastened everything snug and tight.
  • The defining feature of a killick is that you cannot not trip over it.
  • The killick knot secured the anchor rope to the wooden part of the ‘killick’.


Mid 17th century: of unknown origin.

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Syllabification: kil·lick

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