The centre part of a ship is called its waist and the sailors who worked this part of the vessel were either landsmen (pressed men), older or less fit and could not carry out duties aloft or elsewhere. They ended up doing most of the menial tasks like mending sails and cleaning etc. and not taking up a full role onboard. They were known as waisters because of where they worked but over time the "i" was dropped and reflected the lesser role they served.
By SailingQuiz October 2019 Category: Nautical Saying
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