Now Rare a small boat propelled by oars, esp. one used as a ship's tender
Origin of cockboatMiddle English cokbote ; from cok, ship's boat (; from Anglo-French coque ; from Dutch kogghe ; from Vulgar Latin cocca ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Classical Latin concha: see conch) + bote, boat
A small rowboat, especially one used to ferry supplies from ship to shore. Also called cockleboat.
Origin of cockboatMiddle English cokboot : cok, cockboat (from Anglo-Norman coque, probably ultimately from Latin caudica, from caudex, caudic-, tree trunk) + boot, boat; see boat.