Definition of killick in English:



  • 1A heavy stone used by small craft as an anchor.

    ‘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. 1.1Any anchor, especially a small one.
      ‘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’.’



/ˈkilik/ /ˈkɪlɪk/


Mid 17th century of unknown origin.