- the steersman of a racing shell.
- a person who is in charge of a ship's boat and its crew, under an officer, and who steers it.
Origin of coxswain
Examples from the Web for coxswain
I looked behind me and saw that the officer, the coxswain, who only had to steer the boat, had fallen asleep.Inside Seal Team Six by Don Mann Excerpt
December 4, 2011
Coxswain, go on board and tell my steward to have dinner for six.Captain Brand of the "Centipede"
H. A. (Henry Augustus) Wise
Cloete is dragged into the life-boat and the coxswain tumbles in.
The coxswain stoops over Cloete and cries: Did you hear what the mate said, sir?
The coxswain of the life-boat can swear to it that the drawers were all empty.
"He says as how he belonged to a yacht, sir," resumed the coxswain.Confessions Of Con Cregan
Charles James Lever
- the helmsman of a lifeboat, racing shell, etcAlso called: cockswain
Word Origin and History for coxswain
early 14c., "officer in charge of a ship's boat and its crew," from cock "ship's boat" (from Old French coque "canoe") + swain "boy," from Old Norse sveinn "boy, servant" (see swain).