bob·​stay ˈbäb-ˌstā How to pronounce bobstay (audio)
: a stay to hold a ship's bowsprit down

Word History


probably from bob entry 2

First Known Use

1723, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bobstay was in 1723

Dictionary Entries Near bobstay

Cite this Entry

“Bobstay.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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