Definition of


  1. (noun, artifact) one of the main longitudinal beams (or plates) of the hull of a vessel; can extend vertically into the water to provide lateral stability
  2. (noun, body) the median ridge on the breastbone of birds that fly
  3. (noun, shape) a projection or ridge that suggests a keel
  4. (verb, motion) walk as if unable to control one's movements

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Synonyms of Keel

careen, lurch, reel, stagger, swag

Alternate forms of Keel

Hyponyms: bilge keel

Hypernyms: beam, carina, projection, walk

Origin of the word Keel

  1. "lowest timber of a ship or boat," mid-14c., from O.N. kj?lr "keel," from P.Gmc. *keluz, of uncertain origin. Etymologists say this is unconnected with the root of M.Du. kiel "ship," O.E. ceol "ship's prow," O.H.G. kiel, Ger. Kiel "ship," but the two words have influenced each other. This other word is said to be from P.Gmc. *keulamore

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Words that sound like Keel

kahlua, kahoolawe, kail, kale, kali, kekule, kelly, keyhole, kigali, kiley, kiliwa, kiliwi, kill, kilo, kiswahili, klee, koala, koellia, kohl, kola, kwela, kwell, kylie

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