noun Nautical.

any of a number of short ropes or rods for gathering in shrouds near their tops.

Nearby words

  1. cat-and-dog,
  2. cat-built,
  3. cat-cry syndrome,
  4. cat-eyed,
  5. cat-foot,
  6. cat-o'-mountain,
  7. cat-o'-nine-tails,
  8. cat-scratch disease,
  9. cat-scratch fever,
  10. cat-tail

Origin of cat-harpin

variant of cat-harping; etymology uncertain Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019