[naw-ti-kuhl, not-i-]

Origin of nautical

1545–55; < Latin nautic(us) pertaining to ships or sailors (< Greek nautikós, equivalent to naû(s) ship + -tikos -tic) + -al1
Related formsnau·ti·cal·i·ty [naw-ti-kal-i-tee, not-i-] /ˌnɔ tɪˈkæl ɪ ti, ˌnɒt ɪ-/, nounnau·ti·cal·ly, adverbnon·nau·ti·cal, adjectivenon·nau·ti·cal·ly, adverbun·nau·ti·cal, adjective
Can be confusednaval nautical

Synonyms for nautical Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for nautically

Historical Examples of nautically

  • Putting a boat about, as Fanny had turned the Greyhound, is nautically termed gybing her.

    Hope and Have

    Oliver Optic

  • It was the battle which has made the name of John Paul Jones nautically immortal.

  • Along the old Portsmouth road were, and are still, any number of nautically named inns.

    The Automobilist Abroad

    M. F. (Milburg Francisco) Mansfield

  • A knot, nautically speaking, is a "bend" that is more permanent than a "hitch."

    Boat-Building and Boating

    Daniel Carter Beard

  • This is a pretty, nautically devised and ornamented suit, made of warm materials and those that will stand sea water.

    Social Life

    Maud C. Cooke

British Dictionary definitions for nautically


  1. of, relating to, or involving ships, navigation, or sailors
Derived Formsnautically, adverb

Word Origin for nautical

C16: from Latin nauticus, from Greek nautikos, from naus ship
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Word Origin and History for nautically



1550s, from -al (1) + nautic from Middle French nautique, from Latin nauticus "pertaining to ships or sailors," from Greek nautikos "seafaring, naval," from nautes "sailor," from naus "ship," from PIE *nau- "boat" (see naval).

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