spoom

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Etymology[edit]

Probably a variant of spume (foam).

Verb[edit]

spoom (third-person singular simple present spooms, present participle spooming, simple past and past participle spoomed)

  1. (nautical) To sail briskly with the wind astern, with or without sails hoisted.
    • 17th century: Samuel Pepys
      We might have spooned before the wind as well as they.
    • 17th century: John Dryden
      When virtue spooms before a prosperous gale, / My heaving wishes help to fill the sail.