a large, tapered spar extending forward from the bow of a sailing vessel, to which stays for the masts are secured
Origin of bowspritMiddle English bouspret, probably from Middle Dutch boegspriet from boeg, bow + spriet, sprit
A spar, extending forward from the stem of a ship, to which the stays of the foremast are fastened.
Origin of bowspritMiddle English bouspret possibly from Middle Low German bōchsprēt bōch bow ; see bheug- in Indo-European roots. sprēt sprit ; see sper- in Indo-European roots.