Synonyms & Antonyms of sail

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 to travel on water in a vessel
  • I can't sail when there's any breeze at all because I get seasick easily

Synonyms for sail

Words Related to sail

Phrases Synonymous with sail

2 to move or proceed smoothly and readily
  • sailed through the latest assignment

Synonyms for sail

Words Related to sail

Near Antonyms for sail

Antonyms for sail

3 to rest or move along the surface of a liquid or in the air
  • a leaf sailed by, carried by the breeze

Synonyms for sail

Words Related to sail

Near Antonyms for sail

Antonyms for sail



Synonyms of sail (Entry 2 of 2)

a journey over water in a vessel
  • we went for a brief sail on the bay to relax

Synonyms for sail

See the Dictionary Definition 

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about sail

Time Traveler for sail

Time Traveler

The first known use of sail was before the 12th century

See more words from the same century

Cite this Entry

“Sail.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on sail

Dictionary: Definition of sail

Nglish: Translation of sail for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of sail for Arabic Speakers Encyclopedia article about sail

Comments on sail

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


Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Thing: Flower Edition

Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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