Naut. the after part of the keel, or an extension of this upon which the rudderpost is mounted
Origin of skegDutch schegge ; from Old Norse skegg, beard (basic sense “a projection”): see shag
- A timber that connects the keel and sternpost of a ship.
- An arm extending to the rear of the keel to support the rudder and protect the propeller.
- A series of timbers attached to the stern of a small boat, serving as a keel to keep the boat on course.
Origin of skegDutch scheg, perhaps from Old Norse skegg, beard, beak of a ship.
From a dialectal term for "a stump, a branch, a wooden peg"; compare Swedish skog. Compare also shaw.