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[kok-boht] /ˈkɒkˌboʊt/
a small boat, especially one used as a tender.
Also, cockleboat.
Origin of cockboat
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English cokboot, variant of cogboot, equivalent to cog boat, ship (akin to Old Norse kuggi small ship) + boot boat Unabridged
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  • Before the cockboat reached the point he had fallen, first to his knee, then prone upon the sand.

    Sir Mortimer Mary Johnston
  • "To send two old women to sea in a cockboat," Asgill replied.

    The Wild Geese Stanley John Weyman
  • "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)
  • We have put to sea in a cockboat, but we are quite prepared to rough it.

  • But so it is; the cockboat may be more to a man than was once the three-decker.

    Barrington Charles James Lever
  • I saw there the very wheel of the Spray, the cockboat in which the regretted Slocum wafted himself round the world!

    Your United States Arnold Bennett
  • It might as well be called the ship, with the cockboat astern.

    The Book of Coniston William Gershom Collingwood
  • 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
  • He expects the return of the chalop, or cockboat, notwithstanding all appearances to the contrary.

  • In the pannier she had been shaken about more than in a cockboat in a chopping sea.

    The Red River Half-Breed Gustave Aimard
British Dictionary definitions for cockboat


any small boat
Word Origin
C15 cokbote, perhaps ultimately from Late Latin caudica dug-out canoe, from Latin caudex tree trunk
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