Origin of bosun
First recorded in 1865–70
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Examples from the Web for bosun
Get a brick out of the galley, and I'll make you a bosun without pay.The Grain Ship
“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.Cursed
George Allan England
The bosun came up again and reported thirty miles from noon.
Bosun, if you want it, you can have it, but I tell you straight you got to help me get this ship clean.
- nautical a variant spelling of boatswain