bobstay

[ bob-stey ]
/ ˈbɒbˌsteɪ /

noun Nautical.

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

Origin of bobstay

First recorded in 1750–60; bob1 + stay3
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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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