Origin of schooner
Examples from the Web for schooner
On the way they passed by the Schooner Tavern, where they encountered Dean Schmitz and Molly Flaherty.Media Ignores Rash of Assaults on Transgender Women
June 6, 2012
Over his schooner of beer K. gathered something of the story.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
As he spoke there was a sudden soft jar and jerk, then the schooner was still.Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates
When we got back to the schooner, we found her lifting her anchors.
The schooner was wet, and the seas she shipped would put out my fire.
The water was now up to my breast, and I knew the schooner must go over.
- a sailing vessel with at least two masts, with all lower sails rigged fore-and-aft, and with the main mast stepped aft
- British a large glass for sherry
- US, Canadian, Australian and NZ a large glass for beer
Word Origin and History for schooner
fore-and-aft rigged vessel, originally with only two masts, 1716, perhaps from a New England verb related to Scottish scon "to send over water, to skip stones." Skeat relates this dialectal verb to shunt. Spelling probably influenced by Dutch, but Dutch schoener is a loan-word from English, as are German Schoner, French schooner, Swedish skonert. Said to have originated in Gloucester, Mass., shipyard.
The rig characteristic of a schooner has been defined as consisting essentially of two gaff sails, the after sail not being smaller than the fore, and a head sail set on a bowsprit. [OED]
Meaning "tall beer glass" is from 1879, of unknown origin or connection.