A small rowboat, especially one used to ferry supplies from ship to shore. Also called cockleboat.

[Middle English cokboot : cok, cockboat (from Anglo-Norman coque, probably ultimately from Latin caudica, from caudex, caudic-, tree trunk) + boot, boat; see boat.]


(ˈkɒkˌbəʊt) or


(Nautical Terms) any small boat
[C15 cokbote, perhaps ultimately from Late Latin caudica dug-out canoe, from Latin caudex tree trunk]



a small boat, esp. one used as a tender.
[1400–50; late Middle English cokboot, variant of cogboot <cog boat, ship]
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We have put to sea in a cockboat, but we are quite prepared to rough it.
245) a small vessel came, and four men were killed, which would tally, up to a point, with Tasman's visit--if the small vessel was Tasman's cockboat.
If one should doubt the existence of this propensity, let him go and attentively observe the journeymen and apprentices in the first workshop, or the oarsmen in the cockboat, a family or neighborhood, the inhabitants of a house or the crew of a ship, a school or a college, a city or a village, .
He preferred an independent statement of policy instead of appearing, in his words, as "a cockboat in the wake of a British man-of-war.
North Star"--cannot immediately land their cockboat due to a clouded sky and their not knowing precisely which shore they are approaching (Cervantes 427).
to come in as a cockboat in the wake of the British man - of - war.
Burke's prose--sober-paced, weighty, powerful to the point of being overbearing--has always close behind its argumentation a reserve of poetic energy which now gleams, now flashes, and now, as in this letter, explodes in a fireworks of dazzling metaphors, a storm of epical-satirical language that tosses around the duke and earl, great galleons of the nobility, like little cockboats.