Sailor Speak of the Week – Waist

Definition

Noun

  • The center or ‘midship’ section of a vessel between the bow and stern areas.

Origin

15th century. From Old English, veast, and then Middle English, wast, both of the same meaning.

Comments

Obviously, not to be confused with that area of the human body. Although it broadly has the same meaning.

References

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

3 comments

  1. I have a book called, “A SEA OF WORDS: A Lexicon and Companion for Patrick O’Brian’s Seafaring Tales” – I sure know that sailor speak is a whole different language!!

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