bobstay

[ bob-stey ]
/ ˈbɒbˌsteɪ /
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noun Nautical.

a rope, chain, or rod from the outer end of the bowsprit to the cutwater.

Nearby words

  1. bobrun,
  2. bobruysk,
  3. bobsled,
  4. bobsledding,
  5. bobsleigh,
  6. bobsy-die,
  7. bobtail,
  8. bobweight,
  9. bobwhite,
  10. bobèche

Origin of bobstay

First recorded in 1750–60; bob1 + stay3

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British Dictionary definitions for bobstay

bobstay

/ (ˈbɒbˌsteɪ) /

noun

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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