Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Variant of boatswain.

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  • n. A warrant or petty officer on board a naval ship.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a petty officer on a merchant ship who controls the work of other seamen; a contraction of boatswain.

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  • n. a petty officer on a merchant ship who controls the work of other seamen
  • n. a petty officer on a merchant ship who controls the work of other seamen

Etymologies

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Contraction of boatswain.

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  • I always thought this was spelled "boatswain" but pronounced "bosun." (Like coxswain.)

    February 11, 2008