Nearby words

  1. saida,
  2. saiga,
  3. saigo takamori,
  4. saigon,
  5. saigon cinnamon,
  6. sail close to the wind,
  7. sail into,
  8. sail plan,
  9. sail through,
  10. sail under false colors

Idioms

Origin of sail

before 900; (noun) Middle English sail(e), seille, Old English segl; cognate with German Segel, Old Norse segl; (v.) Middle English seillen, saylen, Old English siglan, seglian; cognate with Dutch zeilen, Old Norse sigla

Related formssail·a·ble, adjectivesail·less, adjectiveun·sail·a·ble, adjectiveun·sailed, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for sail in

sail

/ (seɪl) /

noun

verb (mainly intr)

Derived Formssailable, adjectivesailless, adjective

Word Origin for sail

Old English segl; related to Old Frisian seil, Old Norse segl, German Segel

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Word Origin and History for sail in
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Idioms and Phrases with sail in

sail

In addition to the idioms beginning with sail

  • sail close to the wind
  • sail into
  • sail through
  • sail under false colors

also see:

  • (sail under) false colors
  • plain sailing
  • set sail
  • smooth sailing
  • take the wind out of one's sails
  • trim one's sails
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