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[boh-suh n] /ˈboʊ sən/
Origin of bosun
1865-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Noyes noted that the crew laughed more loudly at the bosun's rough jeers than at the more sharply pointed comment of the pump-man.

    Wide Courses James Brendan Connolly
  • Get a brick out of the galley, and I'll make you a bosun without pay.

    The Grain Ship Morgan Robertson
  • He was just girthing up old bosun, and I was wrestling with Sirdar, who didn't want his crupper on.

    A Little Bush Maid Mary Grant Bruce
  • “Hah, look at that, bosun,” cried the carpenter triumphantly.

    Fitz the Filibuster George Manville Fenn
  • One night when Runnles and the bosun were at work, the chisel of the former met with no further obstacle.

    Humphrey Bold Herbert Strang
  • bosun, if you want it, you can have it, but I tell you straight you got to help me get this ship clean.

    Command William McFee
  • There were voices, too, the ingenuous bawlings of that bosun, offensively active.

    Command William McFee
  • He interrupted the eloquence of his bosun as soon as he had finished his drink.

    Command William McFee
  • The forepeak is arranged for chain lockers and bosun's gear lockers, followed by ship's galley, which has two pipe berths.

  • The bosun himself had been ill, but was better after reading it.

    The Bonadventure Edmund Blunden
British Dictionary definitions for bosun


(nautical) a variant spelling of boatswain
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