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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.
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.