lin·​stock ˈlin-ˌstäk How to pronounce linstock (audio)
: a staff having a pointed foot (as for sticking into the ground) and a forked tip and formerly used to hold a lighted match for firing cannon

Word History


Dutch lontstok, from lont match + stok stick

First Known Use

1575, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of linstock was in 1575

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Cite this Entry

“Linstock.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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