Origin of sprit
Examples from the Web for sprits
Sprits were used instead of booms, and there was sometimes a short bowsprit, carrying a jib.
A large Dutch coasting trader, fitted with two masts, and sails set with sprits.The Sailor's Word-Book|William Henry Smyth
Instead of booms, sprits were used; these were set up at the heels with tackles to the masts.
We also got out, and sent them the masts and regular sails of the boat, which was fitted to carry two sprits.Miles Wallingford|James Fenimore Cooper
She's a brigantine, and there are sprits'ls on both masts, and only one square sail on the foremast.Somehow Good|William de Morgan
British Dictionary definitions for sprits
Word Origin for sprit
Word Origin and History for sprits
Old English spreot "pole," originally "a sprout, shoot, branch," from root of sprout. Cognate with Middle Dutch spriet, Middle Low German spryet, German spriet, North Frisian sprit.