from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A small rowboat, especially one used to ferry supplies from ship to shore. Also called cockleboat.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A small rowing boat, especially one pulled behind a larger ship, or used to ferry goods between a ship and the shore.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A small boat, esp. one used on rivers or near the shore.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small boat. See cock.
Middle English cokboot : cok, cockboat (from Anglo-Norman coque, probably ultimately from Latin caudica, from caudex, caudic-, tree trunk) + boot, boat; see boat.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From cock + boat. (Wiktionary)