• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Futtock (Naut) One of the crooked timbers which are scarfed together to form the lower part of the compound rib of a vessel; one of the crooked transverse timbers passing across and over the keel.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n futtock One of the timbers of the frame of a ship above the floor-timbers and below the top-timbers.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Futtock fut′uk one of the separate pieces of timber composing the frame of a ship
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Prob. corrupted fr. foothook,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Perh. corrupted from foot-hooks.


In literature:

Those next the keel are called ground-futtocks or navel-timbers, and the rest upper futtocks.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
There was a general laugh, set, I am sorry to say, by Sir Francis Futtock.
"The Cruise of the Frolic" by W.H.G. Kingston
But the cooper, with his feet dangling over the futtocks and his head sunk on his chest, made no sign.
"A Modern Buccaneer" by Rolf Boldrewood
He kept looking up, till at length he determined to go round by the futtock-shrouds into the top.
"Off to Sea" by W.H.G. Kingston
Formerly the middle third was parcelled over the service, below the wake of the futtock staff.
"The Seaman's Friend" by Richard Henry Dana