bowsprit

[ bou-sprit, boh- ]
/ ˈbaʊ sprɪt, ˈboʊ- /

noun Nautical.

a spar projecting from the upper end of the bow of a sailing vessel, for holding the tacks of various jibs or stays and often supporting a jib boom.

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Origin of bowsprit

1300–50; Middle English bouspret < Middle Low German bōchspret (cognate with Dutch boegsprit) (bōch bow3 + spret pole, cognate with Old English sprēot)
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bowsprit

/ (ˈbəʊsprɪt) /

noun

nautical a spar projecting from the bow of a vessel, esp a sailing vessel, used to carry the headstay as far forward as possible

Word Origin for bowsprit

C13: from Middle Low German bōchsprēt, from bōch bow ³ + sprēt pole
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Word Origin and History for bowsprit

bowsprit


n.

"spar extending from the bow of a ship," late 13c., probably from Middle Low German bochspret, from boch "bow of a ship" (see bow (n.2)) + spret "pole" (cf. Old English spreot "pole," Dutch spriet "spear;" see sprit). French beaupre is a Dutch loan word.

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