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matchwood Syllabification: match·wood
Pronunciation: /ˈmaCHˌwo͝od/

Definition of matchwood in English:


1Very small pieces or splinters of wood: their boat was shattered into matchwood against the rocks
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 wood suitable for making matches.

Words that rhyme with matchwood

Dagwood • Blackwood

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