- of or relating to a mizzenmast.
- noting a sail, yard, boom, etc., or any rigging belonging to a mizzen lower mast or to some upper mast of a mizzenmast.
- noting any stay running aft and upward to the head of a mizzen lower mast or some specified upper mast of a mizzenmast: mizzen topmast stay.
Origin of mizzen
Related Wordshinder, last, reverse, behind, rearward, hind, posterior, tail, stern, following, postern, mizzen, aft, after, astern, backward, hindmost, rearmost, dorsal, hindermost
Examples from the Web for mizzen
Two others stood ready at the foot of the main and mizzen riggings.Homeward Bound
James Fenimore Cooper
This move brought him into a safe place between the mainmast and the mizzen.
He squinted at the mizzen rigging where the lanterns revealed the damage.
Mayo, returning to the mizzen, found the entire crew grouped there.
We control the braces on the mizzen, although they control the canvas on the mizzen.The Mutiny of the Elsinore
- a sail set on a mizzenmast
- short for mizzenmast
- of or relating to any kind of gear used with a mizzenmasta mizzen staysail
Word Origin and History for mizzen
early 15c., from Middle French misaine "foresail, foremast," altered (by influence of Italian mezzana "mizzen") from Old French migenne, from Catalan mitjana, from Latin medianus "of the middle" (see median). Klein suggests the French word is from Arabic, via Italian.