: having the sails set for sailing as nearly against the wind as the vessel will go

Word History

First Known Use

1769, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of close-hauled was in 1769

Dictionary Entries Near close-hauled

Cite this Entry

“Close-hauled.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/close-hauled. Accessed 29 Jan. 2023.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!


Fashionable Words

  • dog-sunglasses-scarf
  • Which of these items is named for a deadly weapon?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Solve today's spelling word game by finding as many words as you can with using just 7 letters. Longer words score more points.

Can you make 12 words with 7 letters?

PLAY