[klohs-reefd, klohz-]

adjective Nautical.

having most or all of the sail reefs taken in.

Origin of close-reefed

First recorded in 1750–60 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for close-reefed

Historical Examples of close-reefed

  • We next tried the fore-topsail, close-reefed, and this stood.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • It was wonderful how we danced over the waves with close-reefed canvas.

    Jack at Sea

    George Manville Fenn

  • A few of the smaller sails only were left exposed, and even these were close-reefed.

    Fighting the Whales

    R. M. Ballantyne

  • I was with one of the oldsters in the maintop; the maintop-sail had just been close-reefed.

    Rattlin the Reefer

    Edward Howard

  • "Set the close-reefed foresail, Mr. Terrill," said the captain.

    Dikes and Ditches

    Oliver Optic