1

calk

verb

variant spelling of

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to stop up and make tight against leakage (something, such as a boat or its seams, the cracks in a window frame, or the joints of a pipe)


2

calk

play
noun \ˈkȯk\
variants: or

Definition of calk

  1. :  a cleat on the shoe of a horse to prevent slipping; also :  a similar device worn on the sole of a shoe

Origin and Etymology of calk

probably alteration of calkin, from Middle English kakun, from Middle Dutch or Medieval French dialect; Middle Dutch calcoen horse's hoof, from Medieval French dialect (Walloon) calcain heel, from Latin calcaneum, from calc-, calx heel


First Known Use: 1587


3

calk

verb
variants: or

Definition of calk

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to furnish with calks

  3. 2 :  to wound with a calk

1624

First Known Use of calk

1624


Learn More about calk


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up calk? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to give up a position of power

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • winning-words-from-the-national-spelling-bee-logo
  • Which is the correct spelling of the winning word from 1988?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!