a small boat, especially one used as a tender.

Origin of cockboat

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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cockboat

Historical Examples of cockboat

  • "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.


    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.

British Dictionary definitions for cockboat


cockleboat (ˈkɒkəlˌbəʊt)


any small boat

Word Origin for cockboat

C15 cokbote, perhaps ultimately from Late Latin caudica dug-out canoe, from Latin caudex tree trunk
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