One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Originally: any of various lengths of rope stretched taut between different parts of a ship to prevent tangling or fouling, as to deflect rigging from anchors, windlasses, etc. Later also: any labour-saving device or contrivance; (more vaguely) a gadget, a thingummy. Chiefly historical in recent use.
2Chiefly in form timmynoggy. In some Cornish sailing ships before the middle of the 19th cent.: a notched piece of wood into which the end of a spar may be fitted. historical, now rare.
Mid 18th century. Probably from an element of uncertain origin + guy.
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