What does boatswain mean?

Definitions for boatswain
ˈboʊ sənboatswain

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word boatswain.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. boatswain, bos'n, bo's'n, bosun, bo'sun(noun)

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


  1. boatswain(Noun)

    The officer (or warrant officer) in charge of sails, rigging, anchors, cables etc. and all work on deck of a sailing ship.

  2. boatswain(Noun)

    The petty officer of a merchant ship who controls the work of other seamen.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Boatswain(noun)

    an officer who has charge of the boats, sails, rigging, colors, anchors, cables, cordage, etc., of a ship, and who also summons the crew, and performs other duties

  2. Boatswain(noun)

    the jager gull

  3. Boatswain(noun)

    the tropic bird


  1. Boatswain

    A boatswain, bo's'n, bos'n, or bosun, is the senior crewman of the deck department and is responsible for the components of a ship's hull. The boatswain supervises the other members of the ship's deck department, and typically is not a watchstander, except on vessels with small crews. Other duties vary depending on the type of ship, her crewing, and other factors.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Boatswain

    bōt′swān (colloq. bō′sn), n. a petty officer on board ship who looks after the boats, rigging, &c., and calls the seamen to duty with a whistle. [Boat, and swain, Scand. sveinn, a boy.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. boatswain

    The officer who superintends the boat-sails, ship's-sails, rigging, canvas, colours, anchors, cables and cordage, committed to his charge. He ought also to take care that the blocks and running ropes are regularly placed to answer the purposes for which they are intended, and that the sails are properly fitted to their yards and stays, and well-furled or reefed when occasion requires. He pipes the hands to their several duties, seeing that they attend his call, and ought to be in every way a thorough seaman. Although termed boatswain, the boats are not in his charge. They, with the spars, &c., and stores for repair, belong to the carpenter. The boatswain is the officer of the first lieutenant; he gives no order, but reports defects, and carries out the will of his superior.

How to pronounce boatswain?

  1. Alex
    US English

How to say boatswain in sign language?

  1. boatswain


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of boatswain in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of boatswain in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Images & Illustrations of boatswain

  1. boatswainboatswainboatswainboatswainboatswain

Popularity rank by frequency of use


Translations for boatswain

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for boatswain »


Find a translation for the boatswain definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:

Discuss these boatswain definitions with the community:



    Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


    "boatswain." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2020. Web. 28 Nov. 2020. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/boatswain>.

    Are we missing a good definition for boatswain? Don't keep it to yourself...

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for boatswain:

    Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.