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[skwair-rigd] /ˈskwɛərˈrɪgd/
adjective, Nautical.
having square sails as the principal sails.
Origin of square-rigged
First recorded in 1760-70
Related forms
square-rigger, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for square-rigger
Historical Examples
  • Aboard a square-rigger, keel-hauling was practiced from the main yardarm.

    The Black Buccaneer Stephen W. Meader
  • There is not, as in the square-rigger, a balancing of weights and strains.

    On Yachts and Yacht Handling Thomas Fleming Day
  • I thought perhaps you were trying to ring in a square-rigger on me, and I'm not familiar with them.

    Cappy Ricks Retires Peter B. Kyne
  • Hence a schooner is often called a "fore-and-after;" and a ship, a "square-rigger."

    Practical Boat-Sailing Douglas Frazar
  • Wicks was no hand with a square-rigger, and he had shown it.

  • "Then keep your eye on the mizzen-royal," said the Old Man, as if he were forgetting that we weren't a square-rigger.

    Wandering Ghosts F. Marion Crawford
  • "Then keep your eye on the mizzen-royal," said the old man, as if he were forgetting that we weren't a square-rigger.

    Man Overboard! F(rancis) Marion Crawford
  • Probably he would be all right on a square-rigger, but he makes entirely too much fuss here.

  • At the end of two hours they came upon a square-rigger with her decks just awash, and six men clinging to her rigging.

    A Labrador Doctor

    Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
British Dictionary definitions for square-rigger


(nautical) a square-rigged ship


(nautical) rigged with square sails
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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