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 Provençal 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 . Also called 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).