af·​ter·​guy | \ ˈaf-tər-ˌgī How to pronounce afterguy (audio) \
plural afterguys

Definition of afterguy

: a guy rope that is attached to the windward clew of a spinnaker and used to rotate the spinnaker pole around the mast Set the pole on the windward side, secure the pole lift and foreguy, and drop the afterguy through the jaws in the end of the pole.— Robby Robinson, The International Marine Book of Sailing, 2009

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First Known Use of afterguy

1813, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for afterguy

after- + guy entry 2

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“Afterguy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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