What does the word oakum mean?

    Part of speech: noun

  • Hempfiber obtained by untwisting old rope; used in calking.

Usage examples for oakum

  1. " Better stick to his law- books," the Admiral had said, after singing out some of the rhyme of it to the tune of " Billy Benbow"; " never sit on the wool- sack by spewing oakum this way." – Springhaven A Tale of the Great War by R. D. Blackmore
  2. Flights of mosquitoes came buzzing and biting them, unmercifully revelling in the youngster's fresh blood, till some oakum set on fire, with fresh leaves thrown on it, put the miscreant insects to the rout. – The Three Lieutenants by W.H.G. Kingston
  3. They then prepared a sail with oakum and tar, and got it over the stern, in order, by passing it under the keel, to stop the leak. – Narratives of Shipwrecks of the Royal Navy; between 1793 and 1849 by William O. S. Gilly