- a fore-and-aft sail on the aftermost lower mast of a sailing vessel having three or more masts.
- a designation given to the mast abaft a mizzenmast, usually the aftermost mast in any vessel.
Origin of spanker
Examples from the Web for spanker
Spanker received his congratulations with a loud laugh, and a hearty shake of the hand.Tales And Novels, Volume 1 (of 10)|Maria Edgeworth
The British built at least one sail-propelled battery, the Spanker, in 1794.
It was all that was left of Spanker—the stick with which he had been tied.White Fang|Jack London
The writer has many times seen a fellow who travelled the country, nicknamed the Spanker.The Funny Side of Physic|A. D. Crabtre
Spanker, spang′kėr, n. the after-sail of a ship or barque, so called from its flapping in the breeze.