Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A carved panel
  • n. The flat upper part of a ship's stern above the transom, often decorated with carvings
  • n. The taffrail

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. “The upper part of the stern of a vessel” (Totten); “the uppermost part, frame, or rail of a ship behind, over the poop” (Phillips, 1706).
  • n. Same as taffrail (which is now the usual form in this sense).

Etymologies

From Dutch tafereel, a panel, picture, diminutive of tafel, table. Dutch from the Latin tabula, table. (Wiktionary)

Examples

Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • This word was used in the "Master And Commander" movie.

    July 24, 2012

  • oakum if you gottum

    April 30, 2008

  • Oh, that's an interesting spelling! I've always seen it taffrail. :)

    April 30, 2008

  • (n) : a carved panel; the flat upper part of a ship's stern above the transom, often decorated with carvings

    "Yet we should oftener look over the tafferel of our craft, like curious passengers, and not make the voyage like stupid sailors picking oakum." (H.D. Thoreau, Walden).

    April 30, 2008