par·​buck·​le ˈpär-ˌbə-kəl How to pronounce parbuckle (audio)
: an arrangement of rope for hoisting or lowering a cylindrical object by making fast the middle of the rope aloft and looping both ends around the object which rests in the loops and rolls in them as the ends are hauled up or paid out
also : a single line made fast at one end and passed around an object that is used similarly
parbuckle transitive verb

Illustration of parbuckle

Illustration of parbuckle

Word History


origin unknown

First Known Use

circa 1625, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of parbuckle was circa 1625

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“Parbuckle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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