marlinespike [mahr-lin-spahyk] WORD ORIGIN noun Nautical. a pointed iron implement used in separating the strands of rope in splicing, marling, etc.
Also mar·lin·spike, mar·ling·spike [mahr-ling-spahyk] /ˈmɑr lɪŋˌspaɪk/. Origin of marlinespike 1620–30; orig. marling spike. See, , Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019 British Dictionary definitions for marlinespike marlinespike marlinspike less commonly marlingspike (ˈmɑːlɪŋˌspaɪk) noun nautical a pointed metal tool used as a fid, spike, and for various other purposes Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012