Sailor Speak of the Week – Waist



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


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


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


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


  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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