[haw-zer, -ser] /ˈhɔ zər, -sər/

noun, Nautical.
a heavy rope for mooring or towing.
(nautical) a large heavy rope

“large rope used for mooring, towing, etc.,” late 13c., from Anglo-French haucer, from Old French halcier, haucier, literally “hoister,” from Vulgar Latin *altiare, alteration of Late Latin altare “make high,” from altus “high” (see old). Altered in English on mistaken association with hawse and perhaps haul.


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