1. boatswain

noun. ['ˈboʊtsweɪn'] a petty officer on a merchant ship who controls the work of other seamen.


  • bos'n
  • bo'sun
  • Jack-tar
  • old salt
  • bosun
  • sea dog
  • seafarer
  • mariner
  • bo's'n
  • Jack
  • seaman
  • tar


  • boat (English)
  • bat (Old English (ca. 450-1100))
  • swain (English)
  • sveinn (Old Norse)

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Rhymes with Boatswain

  • moscowane

How do you pronounce boatswain?

Pronounce boatswain as ˈboʊtsweɪn.

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Sentences with boatswain

1. Noun, singular or mass
The candidate must also be in the boatswain's mate rank for at least six months.