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spindrift (n.)

spray of salt water blown along the surf of the sea in heavy winds, c. 1600, Scottish formation from verb spene, alteration of spoon "to sail before the wind" (1570s, of uncertain origin) + drift (n.). "Common in English writers from c 1880, probably at first under the influence of W. Black's novels" [OED].

updated on November 08, 2013

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Definitions of spindrift from WordNet

spindrift (n.)
spray blown up from the surface of the sea;
Synonyms: spoondrift
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