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[kok-boht] /ˈkɒkˌboʊt/
a small boat, especially one used as a tender.
Also, cockleboat.
Origin of cockboat
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English cokboot, variant of cogboot, equivalent to cog boat, ship (akin to Old Norse kuggi small ship) + boot boat Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for cockboat
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  • "To send two old women to sea in a cockboat," Asgill replied.

    The Wild Geese Stanley John Weyman
  • But so it is; the cockboat may be more to a man than was once the three-decker.

    Barrington Charles James Lever
  • It might as well be called the ship, with the cockboat astern.

    The Book of Coniston William Gershom Collingwood
  • We have put to sea in a cockboat, but we are quite prepared to rough it.

  • In the pannier she had been shaken about more than in a cockboat in a chopping sea.

    The Red River Half-Breed Gustave Aimard
  • I saw there the very wheel of the Spray, the cockboat in which the regretted Slocum wafted himself round the world!

    Your United States Arnold Bennett
  • He expects the return of the chalop, or cockboat, notwithstanding all appearances to the contrary.

  • I appealed to Temple, whether he thought it possible to read law-books in a cockboat in a gale of wind.

  • Before the cockboat reached the point he had fallen, first to his knee, then prone upon the sand.

    Sir Mortimer Mary Johnston
  • When they had rounded once more the wooded point they saw the Sea Wraith, and drawn up upon the sand its cockboat.

    Sir Mortimer Mary Johnston
British Dictionary definitions for cockboat


any small boat
Word Origin
C15 cokbote, perhaps ultimately from Late Latin caudica dug-out canoe, from Latin caudex tree trunk
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