1

scrimshaw

play
verb scrim·shaw \ˈskrim-ˌshȯ\

Definition of scrimshaw

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to carve or engrave into scrimshaw

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to produce scrimshaw

Origin and Etymology of scrimshaw

origin unknown


2

scrimshaw

noun scrim·shaw

Definition of scrimshaw

  1. 1 :  any of various carved or engraved articles made originally by American whalers usually from baleen or whale ivory

  2. 2 :  scrimshawed work

  3. 3 :  the art, practice, or technique of producing scrimshaw

Recent Examples of scrimshaw from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'scrimshaw'. Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of scrimshaw

circa 1864


Learn More about scrimshaw


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up scrimshaw? 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

marked by lack of plan or order

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

The Emoji Quiz

  • emoji-the-quiz
  • What phase of the moon is this: 🌖 ?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

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!