sheep·​shank ˈshēp-ˌshaŋk How to pronounce sheepshank (audio)
: a knot for shortening a line see knot illustration
Scotland : something of no worth or importance

Word History

First Known Use

1627, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of sheepshank was in 1627

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“Sheepshank.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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