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[stuhd-ing-seyl; Nautical stuhn-suh l]
noun Nautical.
  1. a light sail, sometimes set outboard of either of the leeches of a square sail and extended by booms.
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Also stunsail, stuns'l.

Origin of studdingsail

1540–50; studding (< ?) + sail
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Examples from the Web for studdingsail

Historical Examples

  • 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

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for studdingsail


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

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