The rusting dinghy Papillon yawed hard to port each time John thrust. Head down and buried deep, Gemma felt his size filling her. Spreading her.

While it had always been her fantasy to make love in nature, she never considered that she’d come face full of an old tackle box and within eyesight of a shoreline packed with RVs and campers.

Verb (Intransitive)

  1. To steer wild, or out of the line of her course.
  2. Nautical: To deviate from her course, as when struck by a heavy sea—said of a ship.
  3. To rise in blisters, breaking in white froth, as cane juice in the clarifiers in sugar works.


  1. A movement of a vessel by which she temporarily alters her course; a deviation from a straight course in steering.


  • /jɔː/


Unknown, first attested in the mid-16th century. Compare to yar.


  1. A single tumor in the disease called yaws.

Cite this Entry

Modern Language Association (MLA Style)

“Yaw.” The Effin’ Word, The Effin’ Word, Accessed 25 May 2024.

The Effin’ Word, s.v. “yaw”, accessed May 25, 2024,

The Effin’ Word. (n.d.). Yaw. In The Effin’ Word. Retrieved May 25, 2024, from

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