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From Middle English futtek, votek, of uncertain origin. Perhaps from a Middle English compound equivalent to foot +‎ hook; or from Middle Dutch voetkijn, diminutive of voet (foot), equivalent to foot +‎ -kin; or alternatively, from Old English *fōtuc, equivalent to foot +‎ -ock (diminutive suffix).


futtock (plural futtocks)

  1. (nautical) Any of the curved timbers that form the ribs of a ship.
1884, Dixon Kemp, A Manual of Yacht and Boat Sailing (Fourth Edition), page 12:
The timbers (called also frames, or floors, first, second and third futtocks, where the lengths of the frames are in two, three, or more pieces) will be "double," that is, two timbers will be placed close together, or nearly close together, and act as one frame.

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