Coxswain
Coxswain \Cox"swain`\ (k?k"sw?n, Colloq. k?k"s'n), n. See {Cockswain}. [1913 Webster]

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  • coxswain — early 14c., officer in charge of a ship s boat and its crew, from cock ship s boat (from O.Fr. coque canoe ) + swain boy, from O.N. sveinn boy, servant (see SWAIN (Cf. swain)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • coxswain — ► NOUN 1) the steersman of a boat. 2) the senior petty officer in a small ship or submarine in the Royal Navy. ORIGIN from obsolete cock small boat + SWAIN(Cf. ↑swain) …   English terms dictionary

  • coxswain — [käk′sən, käk′swān΄] n. [< COCK(BOAT) + SWAIN] 1. a sailor in charge of a ship s boat and usually acting as its helmsman 2. the person who steers a racing shell and calls out the rowing rhythm for the crew …   English World dictionary

  • Coxswain — The coxswain (  /ˈkɒk …   Wikipedia

  • coxswain — I. noun Etymology: Middle English cokswayne, from cok cockboat (a small boat) + swain servant Date: 15th century 1. a sailor who has charge of a ship s boat and its crew and who usually steers 2. a steersman of a racing shell who usually directs… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • coxswain — UK [ˈkɒks(ə)n] / UK [ˈkɒksweɪn] / US [ˈkɑks(ə)n] / US [ˈkɑkˌsweɪn] noun [countable] Word forms coxswain : singular coxswain plural coxswains formal a cox …   English dictionary

  • coxswain — n. & v. n. 1 a person who steers, esp. in a rowing boat. 2 the senior petty officer in a small ship. v. 1 intr. act as a coxswain. 2 tr. act as a coxswain of. Derivatives: coxswainship n. Etymology: ME f. cock (see COCKBOAT) + SWAIN: cf.… …   Useful english dictionary

  • coxswain — A person in charge of a small craft (in the Army, a Class B or smaller craft) who often functions as the helmsman. For a causeway ferry, the pilot is in charge with the coxswain performing helmsman functions. See causeway …   Military dictionary

  • coxswain — [15] A coxswain was originally a servant, or swain, whose job was to steer a ship’s boat, or cock (cock comes from Old French coque, which was probably a descendant via late Latin caudica ‘canoe’ of Latin caudex ‘tree trunk’, and swain is a… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • coxswain — [[t]kɒ̱ks(ə)n[/t]] coxswains N COUNT The coxswain of a lifeboat or other small boat is the person who steers the boat …   English dictionary

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