Entry from British & World English dictionary
- 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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