bobstay

noun
bob·​stay | \ ˈbäb-ˌstā \

Definition of bobstay

: a stay to hold a ship's bowsprit down

First Known Use of bobstay

1723, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bobstay

probably from bob entry 2

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