Definition of bobstay in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbäbstā/


A rope used to hold down the bowsprit of a ship against the upward pull of the forestay.
Example sentences
  • I hung over the side of the pulpit and saw that the bobstay chain was shackled to the end cap on the bowsprit, so I hunted up a wrench and another shackle.
  • For the bobstays there should be ten or twelve links to the inch, and for the others considerably more.
  • I'm standing on the bobstay trying to get a decent picture of the bow, and not doing a very good job.


Mid 18th century: probably from bob1 + stay2.

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Syllabification: bob·stay

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