[stuhd-ing-seyl; Nautical stuhn-suh l]
a light sail, sometimes set outboard of either of the leeches of a square sail and extended by booms.
Also stunsail, stuns'l.
Origin of studdingsail
1540–50; studding (< ?) + sail
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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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