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also bo's'n or bos'n or bo·sun  (bō′sən)
A warrant officer or petty officer in charge of a ship's rigging, anchors, cables, and deck crew.

[Middle English botswein : bot, boat; see boat + swein, mate; see swain.]
Usage Note: The word boatswain is pronounced as a single word with two syllables (bō′sən). People with sea legs have a long tradition of spelling the word as bosun, bo's'n, and bos'n to reflect the salty pronunciation. This of course has not prevented landlubbers from using the incorrect two-word pronunciation (bōt′swān′). Many other nautical words have similarly tricky shipboard pronunciations, including bowline, pronounced (bō′lĭn); forecastle, pronounced (fōk′səl) and sometimes spelled fo'c's'le; gunwale, pronounced (gŭn′əl) and also sometimes spelled gunnel; mainsail, pronounced (mān′səl); and topgallant, pronounced (tə-găl′ənt). With the exception of gunwale, however, all of these terms can be correctly pronounced as if they were two words.


or bos'n  (bō′sən)
Variants of boatswain.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bos'n - a petty officer on a merchant ship who controls the work of other seamenbos'n - a petty officer on a merchant ship who controls the work of other seamen
Jack-tar, mariner, old salt, sea dog, seafarer, seaman, gob, Jack, tar - a man who serves as a sailor
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He said as much tull the bos'n. An' he told me tull my face homeward bound thot I'd been half an inch under my marks.
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Captain Mitchell's English "mispronunciation" translates the Italian term for "bos'n" into a heroic epithet adopted by various linguistic communities--a crossing of at least English, Italian, and Spanish entirely characteristic of the novel's romanization of "Latin" American titles.
Pachmayr built awesome and diverse guns to include among the many the Bos'n's Gun--a monster compressed-air gun firing a 1 1/4-pound harpoon.
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