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adjective Nautical.
  1. having square sails as the principal sails.
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Origin of square-rigged

First recorded in 1760–70
Related formssquare-rig·ger, noun
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Examples from the Web for square-rigged

Historical Examples of square-rigged

  • Square-rigged vessel, sir, with a broad spread of white canvas.

    The Three Commanders

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • A ship whose sails are spread across the hull is said to be square-rigged.

    Man on the Ocean

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • The ship went on, for a square-rigged craft may not round to in a gale.

  • He was a square-rigged man, and ready to accept what the gods sent him.

    What's your hurry?

    George Niblo

  • One might say that with a square-rigged ship it would always be so.

British Dictionary definitions for square-rigged


  1. nautical rigged with square sails
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