One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A fitting on the gunwale of a boat which serves as a fulcrum for an oar and keeps it in place.
- ‘Although both carbon fibre oars were smashed to pieces and the stainless rowlock pins bent, the crew had two spare oars on board and managed to repair the rowlocks.’
- ‘The crew had two spare oars on board and managed to repair the rowlocks.’
- ‘There was a rhythmic creaking from the rowlocks and a louder sound of water from under the bows.’
- ‘Frequently afterwards, according to the legend, the boat was seen returning to its moorings and the sound of the oars grinding in the rowlocks could be clearly heard.’
- ‘She rowed well for a dozen strokes and then one of the nylon rowlocks snapped.’
- ‘On the morning of the second day the outboard motor packed up, and we had no rowlocks.’
- ‘All the way out and all the way back, the only sounds to be heard, apart from our conversation, were the thunk of the oars in the rowlocks and the splashing of the water as the boat moved along.’
Mid 18th century: alteration of oarlock, influenced by the verb row.
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