boatswain

noun boat·swain \ ˈbō-sᵊn \
variants: or or less commonly bos'n or bo's'n or bo'sun

Definition of boatswain

1 :a petty officer on a merchant ship having charge of hull maintenance and related work
2 :a naval warrant officer in charge of the hull and all related equipment

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Origin and Etymology of boatswain

Middle English bootswein, from boot boat + swein boy, servant — more at swain


BOATSWAIN Defined for English Language Learners

boatswain

noun

Definition of boatswain for English Language Learners

  • : an officer on a ship whose job is to take care of the main body of the ship and all the ship's equipment


BOATSWAIN Defined for Kids

boatswain

noun boat·swain \ ˈbō-sᵊn \

Definition of boatswain for Students

:a warrant officer on a warship or a petty officer on a commercial ship who has charge of the hull, anchors, boats, and rigging

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