verb (used with object)

to deprive (a sailing vessel) of the wind necessary to move it; subject to a calm: The schooner was becalmed in the horse latitudes for two weeks.
Archaic. to calm; pacify.

Nearby words

  1. beboer,
  2. bebop,
  3. bebryces,
  4. bec,
  5. bec.,
  6. becalmed,
  7. became,
  8. becard,
  9. because,
  10. beccafico

Origin of becalm

First recorded in 1550–60; be- + calm Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for becalm



1550s, from be- + calm. Related: Becalmed; becalming.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper