gunwale

noun gun·wale \ ˈgə-nᵊl \
variants: or less commonly

Definition of gunwale

:the upper edge of a ship's or boat's side
to the gunwales
:as fully as possible
  • The doorbell rang, and Flanagan let in his wife, who was loaded to the gunwales with groceries.
  • —Whitney Balliett

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Origin and Etymology of gunwale

Middle English gonne-wale, from gonne gun + 1wale; from its former use as a support for guns


GUNWALE Defined for English Language Learners

gunwale

noun

Definition of gunwale for English Language Learners

  • : the upper edge of a ship's or boat's side


GUNWALE Defined for Kids

gunwale

noun gun·wale \ ˈgə-nᵊl \

Definition of gunwale for Students

:the upper edge of a ship's side


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