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[kok-suh n; spelling pronunciation kok-sweyn] /ˈkɒk sən; spelling pronunciation ˈkɒkˌsweɪn/
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  • They pulled with all their might; and Lanark, the cockswain, steered her for the siamang.

    Four Young Explorers Oliver Optic
  • "Keep the boat broadside on," observed R—— to the cockswain.

  • The captain nodded at the cockswain, and the bowman shoved off.

    Asiatic Breezes Oliver Optic
  • "There ain't nothin' the matter," replied the cockswain, looking at the men.

    Yule Logs Various
  • "Lady Helena and Miss Grant await you on board," replied the cockswain.

  • "Follow, and obey his instructions," said Barnstable to his cockswain, aloud.

    The Pilot J. Fenimore Cooper
  • Dillon and the cockswain were now the sole occupants of their dreadful station.

    The Pilot J. Fenimore Cooper
  • Let us slacken sail, my dears, as we have brought no cockswain.

    Springhaven R. D. Blackmore
  • Ludlow then whispered his orders to his cockswain, and they separated.

  • He may do for a duke--but I would not have him for a cockswain.

    Precaution James Fenimore Cooper
British Dictionary definitions for cockswain


/ˈkɒksən; -ˌsweɪn/
a variant spelling of coxswain
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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