From Anglo-Norman haucer, from Old French haucier, halcier, from Vulgar Latin *helciaria, from Latin helcium (“collar harness”). Altered in English by mistaken association with hawse and perhaps haul. Compare French aussière, haussière.
- Rhymes: -ɔːzə(r)
hawser (plural hawsers)
- (nautical) a cable or heavy rope used to tow or moor a ship