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cockswain (helmsman)

Definition:

the helmsman of a ship's boat or a racing crew

Class:

person noun (people)

Plural:

cockswains

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

cox | coxswain

Etymology:

"officer in charge of a ship's boat and its crew", from cock "ship's boat" (from...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

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Definition references

Wikipedia:

Coxswain

the person in charge of a boat, particularly its navigation and steering. The etymology of the word gives a literal meaning of "boat servant" since it comes from cox, a coxboat or other small vessel kept aboard a ship, and swain, an Old English term ... (45 of 747 words, 1 image)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Coxswain

Collins Dictionary:

coxswain | cockswain [synonym]

the helmsman of a lifeboat, racing shell, etc (8 of 443 words, 8 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/coxswain

Wiktionary:

coxswain | coxswains [plural] | cockswains [plural] | cockswain [sense-specific]

In a ship's boat, the helmsman given charge of the boat's crew. | In a rowing crew, the member who steers the shell and coordinates the power and rhythm of the rowers. | [archaic] The second or third mate of a vessel, in charge of the master's barge. |... (46 of 82 words, 5 definitions, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/coxswain

Oxford Dictionary:

coxswain

the person who steers a ship's boat, racing boat, or other boat. | the helmsman and skipper of a lifeboat. | the senior petty officer in a small ship ... (27 of 66 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/coxswain

Merriam-Webster:

coxswain [entry 1, noun]

a sailor who has charge of a ship's boat and its crew and who usually steers | a steersman of a racing shell who usually directs the rowers (27 of 64 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/coxswain

coxswain [entry 2, verb]

to direct as coxswain | to act as coxswain (8 of 23 words, 2 definitions)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/coxswain show=1

American Heritage Dictionary:

coxswain | coxswained [past tense] | coxswaining [present participle] | coxswains [3rd-person singular present]

A person who usually steers a ship's boat and has charge of its crew. | A person in a racing shell who usually directs the rest of the crew. | To act ... (30 of 60 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/coxswain

New World Dictionary:

coxswain | cockswain

a sailor in charge of a ship's boat and usually acting as its helmsman | the person who steers a racing shell and calls out the rowing rhythm for the ... (29 of 37 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/coxswain

Random House Dictionary:

coxswain | cockswain [sense-specific]

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. (26 of 35 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/coxswain

Macmillan British Dictionary:

coxswain [countable, formal] | coxswains [plural]

a cox (2 of 29 words, pronunciations)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/coxswain

Cambridge Dictionary:

cox [entry 1]

the person who sits at the back of a rowing boat and controls which direction it moves in (18 of 30 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/cox 1

cox [entry 2]

to act as a cox (5 of 23 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/cox 2

Encarta Dictionary:

coxswain | coxswains [plural] | cockswains [plural] | coxswained [past tense] | cockswained [past tense] | coxswaining [present participle] | cockswaining [present participle] | cockswain

the member of a rowing crew who faces forward, steers the boat, and directs the speed and rhythm of the rowers | somebody who oversees a ship's boat ... (27 of 116 words, 3 definitions, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861601011​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

coxswain

First use: early 14th century

Origin: "officer in charge of a ship's boat and its crew", from cock "ship's boat" (from Old French coque "canoe") + swain "boy", from ... (26 of 30 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=coxswain

Oxford Dictionary:

coxswain

Origin: Middle English: from obsolete cock (see "cockboat") + "swain". Compare with "boatswain"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/coxswain

American Heritage Dictionary:

coxswain | coxswained [past tense] | coxswaining [present participle] | coxswains [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English cokswaynne: cok, cockboat; see "cockboat" + swain, servant; see "swain".

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/coxswain

Wiktionary:

coxswain | coxswains [plural]

Origin: cock a boat + swain; hence, the master of a boat.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/coxswain

Collins Dictionary:

coxswain

First use: 15th century

Origin: from cock a ship's boat + swain

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/coxswain

New World Dictionary:

coxswain

Origin: cockboat + "swain"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/coxswain

swain

Origin: Middle English swein from Old Norse sveinn, boy, servant, akin to Old English swan, shepherd, peasant, youth from Indo-European ... (19 of 23 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/swain

Merriam-Webster:

coxswain [entry 1, noun]

First use: 15th century

Origin: Middle English cokswayne, from cok cockboat (a small boat) + swain servant

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/coxswain

Encarta Dictionary:

coxswain | coxswains [plural] | cockswains [plural] | coxswained [past tense] | cockswained [past tense] | coxswaining [present participle] | cockswaining [present participle]

First use: 14th century

Origin: cock "ship's boat" + swain

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861601011​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

coxswain | coxswains [plural]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "coxswain"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/coxswain

the Free Dictionary:

cockswain

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "cockswain"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "cockswain"

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/cockswain

coxswain

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "coxswain"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "coxswain"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "coxswain" by speech synthesizer

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YourDictionary Audio:

cockswain

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "cockswain" by speech synthesizer

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coxswain

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "coxswain" by speech synthesizer

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Collins Dictionary:

coxswain

Audio: British English pronunciation of "coxswain"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/coxswain

Macmillan American Dictionary:

coxswain [countable] | coxswains [plural]

Audio 1: North American pronunciation of "coxswain"

Audio 2: North American pronunciation of "coxswain"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/coxswain

Macmillan British Dictionary:

coxswain [countable, formal] | coxswains [plural]

Audio 1: British English pronunciation of "coxswain"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "coxswain"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/coxswain

Google Dictionary:

coxswain | coxswains [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "coxswain"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

coxswain

Audio: North American pronunciation of "coxswain"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=coxswa​01 word=coxswain

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