coxswain

[kok-suhn, -sweyn]
noun
1.
the steersman of a racing shell.
2.
a person who is in charge of a ship's boat and its crew, under an officer, and who steers it.
Also, cockswain.


Origin:
1425–75; late Middle English cokeswayne. See cockboat, swain

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coxswain (ˈkɒksən, -ˌsweɪn)
 
n
Also called: cockswain the helmsman of a lifeboat, racing shell, etc
 
[C15: from cock a ship's boat + swain]

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coxswain
1327, from cock "ship's boat" (from O.Fr. coque "canoe") + swain "boy," from O.N. sveinn "boy, servant."
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Example sentences
The coxswain, who steers the boat and acts as on-water coach, needs to be
  lightweight.
He was popular, a lively coxswain for the crew team.
We carry a dive float with us so that our location remains visible to our
  coxswain at all times.
Do not hesitate to bring potential hazards or problems to the attention of the
  coxswain and/or other team members.
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