flying jib


noun Nautical.

the outer or outermost of two or more jibs, set well above the jib boom.

Origin of flying jib

First recorded in 1825–35 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for flying jib

Historical Examples of flying jib

  • The foresail was brailed, and the foot stopped, and the flying-jib was stowed.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • Only one light sail was left to him in condition for setting—the flying-jib.

    Admiral Farragut

    A. T. Mahan

  • Between it and the bowsprit are the fore-stay-sail, jib, and flying-jib.

    Man on the Ocean

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • The flying-jib and the jib were taken in, and a reef put in the fore-staysail.

  • Four or five of these gusts make me wish that the jib and flying-jib were in.

British Dictionary definitions for flying jib

flying jib


the jib set furthest forward or outboard on a vessel with two or more jibs
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