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seaworthy

[see-wur-th ee]
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adjective, sea·wor·thi·er, sea·wor·thi·est. (of a vessel)
  1. constructed, outfitted, manned, and in all respects fitted for a voyage at sea.
  2. safe for a voyage at sea.
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Origin of seaworthy

First recorded in 1800–10; sea + -worthy
Related formssea·wor·thi·ness, nounun·sea·wor·thi·ness, nounun·sea·wor·thy, adjective
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Examples from the Web for unseaworthy

Historical Examples

  • Moreover, when there is time to use the boats, they are too often found to be unseaworthy.

    Six Letters From the Colonies

    Robert Seaton

  • The Geier entered Honolulu on Oct. 15 in an unseaworthy condition.

  • The “Coal-Coffin,” albeit an unseaworthy vessel, is a picturesque object.

    Shifting Winds

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • In these, overloaded, unseaworthy, they battled down the long chain of lakes.

  • He has never since been heard of, nor has any portion of his unseaworthy vessel been picked up.

    The Sea

    Jules Michelet


British Dictionary definitions for unseaworthy

unseaworthy

adjective
  1. not in a fit condition or ready for a sea voyage
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seaworthy

adjective
  1. in a fit condition or ready for a sea voyage
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Derived Formsseaworthiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unseaworthy

seaworthy

adj.

1807, "in fit condition to encounter heavy weather at sea," from sea + worthy. Related: Seaworthiness. Old English had særof "hardy at sea."

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