lugsail

noun
lug·​sail | \ˈləg-ˌsāl, -səl\

Definition of lugsail 

: a 4-sided sail bent to an obliquely hanging yard that is hoisted and lowered with the sail

First Known Use of lugsail

1677, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lugsail

perhaps from lug entry 3

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about lugsail

Dictionary Entries near lugsail

lug hook

Lugo

lug pole

lugsail

lug sole

lugubriosity

lugubrious

Statistics for lugsail

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for lugsail

The first known use of lugsail was in 1677

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on lugsail

See words that rhyme with lugsail

Comments on lugsail

What made you want to look up lugsail? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

something that serves to warn or remind

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Autumn Words of the Day 2018

  • a-top-down-image-of-road-through-an-autumn-forest
  • Which is a synonym of fugacious?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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