gaff-top·​sail ˈgaf-ˈtäp-ˌsāl How to pronounce gaff-topsail (audio)
: a usually triangular topsail with its foot extended upon the gaff see sail illustration

Word History

First Known Use

1794, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gaff-topsail was in 1794

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“Gaff-topsail.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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