Last updated: August 20, 2019


Adj. Can be said of a boat, part of a boat or the way a boat handles: shipshape, neat, well maintained, fit for purpose, well thought-out, responsive, swift, lively.

Origin: US, east coast, early xxth c.

– What is yar?
– It means…easy to handle, quick to the helm, fast, right. Everything a boat should be, until she develops dry rot.

George Cukor Philadephia Story (1940)

Illust.: still from the same