bowsprit

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noun bow·sprit \ˈbau̇-ˌsprit, British usually ˈbō-\

Definition of bowsprit

  1. :  a large spar projecting forward from the stem of a ship

Origin and Etymology of bowsprit

Middle English bouspret, probably from Middle Low German boochspreet, from booch bow + spreet pole


First Known Use: 13th century


BOWSPRIT Defined for Kids

bowsprit

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noun bow·sprit \ˈbau̇-ˌsprit, ˈbō-\

Definition of bowsprit for Students

  1. :  a large spar sticking out forward from the bow of a ship


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