a small anchor with usually four or five curved, pointed arms, used for anchoring a small boat, dragging the bottom for objects, or grasping and holding fast to something
Origin of grapnelMiddle English grapnell, diminutive ; from Old French grapin, grapil ; from ProvenÃ§al ; from grapa, a hook ; from Frankish an unverified form krappo: see grape
- A small anchor with three or more flukes, especially one used for anchoring a small vessel. Also called grapple, grappling.
- See grapple.
Origin of grapnelMiddle English grapenel, probably ultimately from Old French grapin, hook, diminutive of grape; see grape.
From Anglo-Norman, from Old French grapil, grapin (French grappin).