bobstay

[bob-stey]

Origin of bobstay

First recorded in 1750–60; bob1 + stay3
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bobstay

noun
  1. a strong stay between a bowsprit and the stem of a vessel for holding down the bowsprit

Word Origin for bobstay

C18: perhaps from bob 1 + stay ³
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