coxswain


1cox·swain

noun \ˈkäk-sən, -ˌswān\

: a person who is in charge of and usually steers a boat (such as a ship's lifeboat)

Full Definition of COXSWAIN

1
:  a sailor who has charge of a ship's boat and its crew and who usually steers
2
:  a steersman of a racing shell who usually directs the rowers

Origin of COXSWAIN

Middle English cokswayne, from cok cockboat (a small boat) + swain servant
First Known Use: 15th century

2coxswain

verb

Definition of COXSWAIN

transitive verb
:  to direct as coxswain
intransitive verb
:  to act as coxswain

First Known Use of COXSWAIN

1928

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