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[kok-suh n; spelling pronunciation kok-sweyn] /ˈkɒk sən; spelling pronunciation ˈkɒkˌsweɪn/
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  • He may do for a duke--but I would not have him for a cockswain.

    Precaution James Fenimore Cooper
  • They pulled with all their might; and Lanark, the cockswain, steered her for the siamang.

    Four Young Explorers Oliver Optic
  • "Follow, and obey his instructions," said Barnstable to his cockswain, aloud.

    The Pilot J. Fenimore Cooper
  • "Keep the boat broadside on," observed R—— to the cockswain.

  • The boat pulled six oars, and the cockswain made seven hands.

    Across India Oliver Optic
  • The captain nodded at the cockswain, and the bowman shoved off.

    Asiatic Breezes Oliver Optic
  • The truth, together with its portentous consequences, now began to glare across the faculties of the cockswain.

    The Pilot J. Fenimore Cooper
  • Bargate, the old man-of-war's-man, was the cockswain, and his lordship gave the word to him to give way.

    Across India Oliver Optic
  • And after that cockswain Ham and his gallant crew came aboard, and the life-boat was hoisted up on deck.

  • Never a captain of a merchantman, never a cockswain of a bark, put to sea without having consulted Master Peyrou.

    The Knight of Malta Eugene Sue
British Dictionary definitions for cockswain


/ˈkɒksən; -ˌsweɪn/
a variant spelling of coxswain
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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