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From cock +‎ boat.


cockboat (plural cockboats)

  1. (nautical) A small rowing boat, especially one pulled behind a larger ship, or used to ferry goods between a ship and the shore.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.viii:
      Haue care, I pray, to guide the cock-bote well, / Least worse on sea then vs on land befell.
    • 1874, Marcus Clarke, For the Term of His Natural Life Chapter V
      The Malabar, that huge sea monster, in whose capacious belly so many human creatures lived and suffered, had dwindled to a walnut-shell, and yet beside her bulk how infinitely small had their own frail cockboat appeared as they shot out from under her towering stern!