The coxswain is the person who steers a boat: the helmsman. If you’re going the wrong way on the sea, blame the coxswain.

There are many different jobs on a boat, including captain and cook. One of the most important jobs is coxswain, which is the helmsman or steersman. In other words, the coxswain is the equivalent of the driver of a car. A coxswain is also the helmsman of a racing crew, like a rowing crew in a competition. The swain part is from a word meaning "servant," and cox is from cok, meaning "a small boat."

Definitions of coxswain

n the helmsman of a ship's boat or a racing crew

Type of:
helmsman, steerer, steersman
the person who steers a ship

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