Sailor Speak of the Week – Belay

Definition

Verb

  • To make fast, secure, tie, or stop

Origins

Derived from Old English, belecgam. Same meaning. Modern spelling from the 16th century.

Comments

Commonly heard as an order. For example, “Belay my last” meaning, ignore what I just said.

References

Rogers, J.G. (1985). Origins of Sea Terms. Mystic, CT: Mystic Seaport Museum.

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