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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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Historical Examples

  • Aboard a square-rigger, keel-hauling was practiced from the main yardarm.

    The Black Buccaneer

    Stephen W. Meader

  • There is not, as in the square-rigger, a balancing of weights and strains.

  • I thought perhaps you were trying to ring in a square-rigger on me, and I'm not familiar with them.

    Cappy Ricks Retires

    Peter B. Kyne

  • Hence a schooner is often called a "fore-and-after;" and a ship, a "square-rigger."

  • Wicks was no hand with a square-rigger, and he had shown it.

British Dictionary definitions for square-rigger


  1. nautical a square-rigged ship
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  1. nautical rigged with square sails
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