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spanker

[spang-ker] /ˈspæŋ kər/
noun
1.
Nautical.
  1. a fore-and-aft sail on the aftermost lower mast of a sailing vessel having three or more masts.
  2. a designation given to the mast abaft a mizzenmast, usually the aftermost mast in any vessel.
2.
Informal. a smartly moving person or animal, especially a fast horse.
3.
Chiefly New England. something remarkably fine.
adjective, Nautical
4.
of or pertaining to a spanker mast or its rigging.
Origin
1745-1755
1745-55; akin to spanking
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Examples from the web for spanker
  • The triangular sails are called jibs or staysails, and the large sail at the stern is called the spanker.
  • Standing forward of the wheel and the fancy cabin skylight, the boom of the spanker sail looms overhead.
British Dictionary definitions for spanker

spanker

/ˈspæŋkə/
noun
1.
(nautical) a fore-and-aft sail or a mast that is aftermost in a sailing vessel
2.
(informal) a person or animal that moves at a quick smart pace
3.
(informal) something outstandingly fine or large
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