a small boat, especially one used as a tender.
- Also cockleboat.
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How to use cockboat in a sentence
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
"In for a lamb, in for a sheep," thought I, and began to back the cockboat towards the corner where the dinghy lay.Poison Island | Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch (Q)
The fellow came down the creek, cool as you please, and pulling a nice easy stroke, in Harry's cockboat.Poison Island | Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch (Q)
It might as well be called the ship, with the cockboat astern.The Book of Coniston | William Gershom Collingwood
British Dictionary definitions for cockboat
any small boat
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