Definition of rowlock noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈrɒlək//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈrɑːlək//
; BrE BrE//ˈrəʊlɒk//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈroʊlɑːk//
(British English)(North American English oarlock)
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a device fixed to the side of a boat for holding an oar Word Origin mid 18th cent.: alteration of oarlock, influenced by the verb row1.

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