hawsehole

noun

hawse·​hole ˈhȯz-ˌhōl How to pronounce hawsehole (audio)
: a hole in the bow of a ship through which a cable passes

Word History

First Known Use

1664, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hawsehole was in 1664

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Cite this Entry

“Hawsehole.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hawsehole. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

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