[luhg-seyl; Nautical luhg-suh l]

noun Nautical.

a quadrilateral sail bent upon a yard that crosses the mast obliquely.

Origin of lugsail

1670–80; Middle English lugge pole (now dial.; cf. log1) + sail
Also called lug. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for lugsail

Historical Examples of lugsail

  • She carried her full complement of oars, a mast, and lugsail.

    His Unknown Wife

    Louis Tracy

  • The peak of her lugsail is cut very high, and her mast, yard, and boom are very light and workmanlike.

  • This will be only a small expense, since the great peak of the lugsail will allow of its head being squared.

  • Marston had had the lugsail and jib made in England by a famous yacht-chandler, and the boat was fast.

    Wyndham's Pal

    Harold Bindloss

  • She rolled on the angry combers and the boom that stretched the lugsail's foot tossed up.

    Wyndham's Pal

    Harold Bindloss

British Dictionary definitions for lugsail


lug (lʌɡ)


nautical a four-sided sail bent and hoisted on a yard

Word Origin for lugsail

C17: perhaps from Middle English (now dialect) lugge pole, or from lugge ear
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