One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The steersman of a ship's boat, lifeboat, racing boat, or other boat.
navigator, helmsman, guide, steersmanView synonyms
- ‘The coxswain gets a situation report from the coastguard and picks his crew.’
- ‘Three heats with the top three boats qualifying for the final left it up to the coxswains to call the race plan.’
- ‘The sailors and coxswain running the whaleboat pushed off again to help the others towing away the wreckage.’
- ‘It's not often you get to witness a relaxed coxswain.’
- ‘Even the coxswains seemed taller to me than I am - and I am not exactly short myself.’
- ‘Mr Easter said that previously coxswains had experienced difficulty in ship handling when using the ramp.’
- ‘The coxswains would rotate as well with only the captains remaining the same.’
- ‘As coxswain, I would steer, control the pace, and act as the eyes of the oarsmen, who were facing backward.’
- ‘The coxswain sped his boat further on, arrows and bullets whizzing past their heads.’
- ‘He was a Navy assault coxswain aboard the USS Talladega during the Vietnam War.’
- ‘Under the encouragement of their coxswain, Oliver Blach, they moved up to first, one seat at a time.’
- ‘When the tender is safely alongside the ship, climb aboard when the coxswain tells you to.’
- ‘The coxswain is fitted snugly into the bow end of the boat steering and motivating the crew.’
- ‘The coxswains pushed off into the river and into safety.’
- ‘Each of the four participating countries entered thirteen rowers - five women, seven men and a coxswain.’
- ‘His late father was a coxswain on a boat, his mother a factory worker.’
- ‘As a coxswain, Presacan will be an essential part of her rowing team.’
- ‘The Navy coxswains boarded their respective Lampreys, and crewmen in the preparation room sealed the main hatches.’
- ‘The boat's coxswain will need to know where you are long before you surface.’
- ‘The coxswain may ask you to swim away from the reef at this time.’
Middle English: from obsolete cock (see cockboat) + swain. Compare with boatswain.
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