[ bob-stey ]

  1. 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

Words Nearby bobstay Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use bobstay in a sentence

  • This, with the carrying away of the bobstay, necessitated the taking out of the mast now.

    The Rival Campers Afloat | Ruel Perley Smith
  • The bobstay of the bowsprit was smashed by coming in contact with a mass of floating ice.

  • After this, climbing up the bobstay, he regained the deck, and proceeded to dry his hairy frame on an ancient flannel shirt.

    Golden Stories | Various
  • "I 'll tell you what," 'Frisco Kid suggested half an hour later, while they clung to the bobstay preparatory to climbing out.

  • Almost by a miracle, the captain clutched at the bobstay and managed to get one hand up and over the bowsprit.

British Dictionary definitions for bobstay


/ (ˈbɒbˌsteɪ) /

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

Origin of bobstay

C18: perhaps from bob 1 + stay ³

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