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cockboat

Line breaks: cock|boat
Pronunciation: /ˈkɒkbəʊt
 
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Definition of cockboat in English:

noun

A small boat towed behind a larger vessel.
Example sentences
  • He climbed into the cockboat and sat silently waiting, making the coxswain fiddle around nervously.
  • The captain was about to head back to the cockboat when he felt a small hand reaching towards his purse.
  • The United States should act alone, he declared, rather than ‘come in as a cockboat in the wake of the British man-of-war.’

Origin

late Middle English: from obsolete cock 'small boat' (from Old French coque, based on Latin caudex, codex 'block of wood') + boat.

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