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[boh-suh n] /ˈboʊ sən/
Origin of bosun
First recorded in 1865-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Get a brick out of the galley, and I'll make you a bosun without pay.

    The Grain Ship Morgan Robertson
  • “Hah, look at that, bosun,” cried the carpenter triumphantly.

    Fitz the Filibuster George Manville Fenn
  • Other faces appeared: Bevans, the steward, and Prass, the bosun.


    George Allan England
  • The bosun came up again and reported thirty miles from noon.

    Command William McFee
  • bosun, if you want it, you can have it, but I tell you straight you got to help me get this ship clean.

    Command William McFee
  • There were voices, too, the ingenuous bawlings of that bosun, offensively active.

    Command William McFee
  • He interrupted the eloquence of his bosun as soon as he had finished his drink.

    Command William McFee
  • The bosun himself had been ill, but was better after reading it.

    The Bonadventure Edmund Blunden
  • I sprang up from Runnles' side, but the bosun from the bed beyond was before me.

    Humphrey Bold

    Herbert Strang
  • And the bosun, he's as strong as an ox, and might be a useful man.

    Humphrey Bold

    Herbert Strang
British Dictionary definitions for bosun


(nautical) a variant spelling of boatswain
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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