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 .