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

Word History


after- + guy entry 2

First Known Use

1813, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of afterguy was in 1813

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“Afterguy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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