Capsize Definition

kăpsīz, kăp-sīz
capsized, capsizes, capsizing
capsized, capsizes, capsizing
To overturn or cause to overturn.
The boat capsized; I capsized the canoe.
American Heritage
To overturn or upset.
Webster's New World

(nautical) To cause (a ship) to overturn.


Origin of Capsize

  • Perhaps from Spanish capuzar to load a ship so that its bow sinks (perhaps alteration of chapuzar to duck, push underwater) (from Vulgar Latin subputeāre) (Latin sub- sub-) (puteus well pit1) or from Spanish cabezar to pitch (from cabeza head) (from Vulgar Latin capitia) (from Latin caput, capit- cape2)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Attested since 1788 CE. Origin unknown. Possibly related to Spanish chapuzar (“to sink by the head”).

    From Wiktionary

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