[ stuhd-ing-seyl; Nautical stuhn-suh l ]
/ ˈstʌd ɪŋˌseɪl; Nautical ˈstʌn səl /

noun Nautical.

a light sail, sometimes set outboard of either of the leeches of a square sail and extended by booms.

Nearby words

  1. studbook,
  2. studded,
  3. studded tire,
  4. studdie,
  5. studding,
  6. studebaker,
  7. student,
  8. student adviser,
  9. student body,
  10. student council

Also stunsail, stuns'l.

Origin of studdingsail

1540–50; studding (< ?) + sail Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for studdingsail

  • If there are any studdingsail booms on the lower or topsail yards, they must be triced up before reefing.

    The Seaman's Friend|Richard Henry Dana
  • We did so, and that so suddenly, that the studdingsail booms snapped like pipe-shanks, short off by the irons.

    Tom Cringle's Log|Michael Scott

British Dictionary definitions for studdingsail


/ (ˈstʌdɪŋˌseɪl, nautical ˈstʌnsəl) /


nautical a light auxiliary sail set outboard on spars on either side of a square sailAlso called: stunsail, stuns'l

Word Origin for studdingsail

C16: studding, perhaps from Middle Low German, Middle Dutch stōtinge, from stōten to thrust; related to German stossen

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