[ skeg ]

  1. a projection supporting a rudder at its lower end, located abaft a sternpost or rudderpost.

  2. an extension of the keel of a small craft, designed to improve steering.

Origin of skeg

1590–1600; <Dutch scheg cutwater <Scandinavian; compare Old Norse skegg projection on the stern of a boat

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British Dictionary definitions for skeg


/ (skɛɡ) /

  1. a reinforcing brace between the after end of a keel and the rudderpost

  2. a support at the bottom of a rudder

  1. a projection from the forefoot of a vessel for towing paravanes

  2. any short keel-like projection at the stern of a boat

  3. Australian a rear fin on the underside of a surfboard

Origin of skeg

C16: of Scandinavian origin; compare Icelandic skegg cutwater

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