Cockboat meaning

kŏkbōt
(nautical) A small rowing boat, especially one pulled behind a larger ship, or used to ferry goods between a ship and the shore.
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A small rowboat, especially one used to ferry supplies from ship to shore.
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(now rare) A small boat propelled by oars, esp. one used as a ship's tender.
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Origin of cockboat

  • Middle English cokboot cok cockboat (from Anglo-Norman coque) (probably ultimately from Latin caudica) (from caudex caudic- tree trunk) boot boat boat

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From cock +‎ boat.

    From Wiktionary