Sailor Speak of the Week – Aloft

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Definition

Adjective

  • Up a mast.

Origin

12th century. English.

Comments

One of the few nautical terms that actually originated in English. To go aloft means to climb up a mast. Alternatively, to be aloft is for something to be up on the mast.

References

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

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