whale·​back | \ ˈhwāl-ˌbak How to pronounce whaleback (audio) , ˈwāl-\

Definition of whaleback

: something shaped like the back of a whale

Examples of whaleback in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

Eventually, wreckage from the S.S. Clifton, began drifting ashore on the Canadian side of Lake Huron, indicating that the whaleback freighter sank. Brent Ashcroft, Detroit Free Press, "Mystery solved: S.S. Clifton discovered in Lake Huron," 21 Sep. 2017

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

First Known Use of whaleback

1886, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about whaleback

Statistics for whaleback

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for whaleback

The first known use of whaleback was in 1886

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on whaleback

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with whaleback

Comments on whaleback

What made you want to look up whaleback? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


one that collects or salvages junk

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Time Traveler Quiz: Which Word Came First?

  • time traveler quiz which word came first
  • Which came first?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!