Definition of cockboat in English:


Line breaks: cock|boat
Pronunciation: /ˈkɒkbəʊt


  • A small boat towed behind a larger vessel.
    More 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.’


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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