9 Grammatical Pitfalls


[kap-sahyz, kap-sahyz] /ˈkæp saɪz, kæpˈsaɪz/
verb (used without object), verb (used with object), capsized, capsizing.
to turn bottom up; overturn:
The boat capsized. They capsized the boat.
Origin of capsize
1780-90; origin uncertain
Related forms
capsizable, adjective
noncapsizable, adjective
uncapsizable, adjective
uncapsized, adjective
See upset.
right. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for capsize
  • On the other hand several small waves in quick succession can overturn, or capsize, the boat.
  • The yacht started to capsize immediately as water poured into the damaged hull.
  • The impact caused ten fishermen to fall into the sea, and their boat to capsize.
  • If all the oil can slosh around in the bottom, it can make the tanker unstable and it will easily capsize in rough seas.
  • But our judgment is that the deficiency in the seal could not cause the ship to capsize and sink.
  • Tons of water pumped into the ship by fireboats caused it to list and then capsize.
  • If he was in a good mood, he would capsize and roll up for them.
  • If noise had gravity, the stadium would capsize in a second.
  • Kneel while going through rapids, you will be less likely to capsize.
  • Platform structure shall be designed to eliminate risk of capsize.
British Dictionary definitions for capsize


to overturn accidentally; upset
Derived Forms
capsizal, noun
Word Origin
C18: of uncertain origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for capsize

1780 (transitive); 1792 (intransitive), a nautical word of obscure origin, perhaps (as Skeat suggests) from Spanish capuzar "to sink by the head," from cabo "head," from Latin caput (see capitulum). For sense, cf. French chavirer "to capsize, upset," faire capot "capsize;" Provençal cap virar "to turn the head." Related: Capsized; capsizing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for capsize

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for capsize

Scrabble Words With Friends