Definition of Bo'sun
1. Noun. A petty officer on a merchant ship who controls the work of other seamen.
Generic synonyms: Gob, Jack, Jack-tar, Mariner, Old Salt, Sea Dog, Seafarer, Seaman, Tar
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Literary usage of Bo'sun
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. The Men of the Merchant Service: Being the Polity of the Mercantile Marine by Frank Thomas Bullen (1900)
"THE BO'SUN. IT is impossible to help regarding the boatswain as a great figure of romance. His title rings on the ear like the voice of the sea. ..."
2. The Amateur Gentleman by Jeffery Farnol (1913)
"murmured the Bo'sun, as they went on side by side; " you 've 'eerd o' the ' Bully- Sawyer,' Seventy-four, o' course, young sir? ..."
3. The Library of Wit and Humor, Prose and Poetry: Selected from the Literature by Rufus Edmonds Shapley (1884)
""And then we murdered the bo'sun tight, And he much resembled pig ; Then we wittled free, ... And the mate of the ' Nancy ' brig, And a bo'sun tight, ..."
4. The English Illustrated Magazine (1892)
"You be hanged, and the bo'sun too ! " But before an hour had gone by he was obliged to acknowledge that the bo'sun's weather prophecies were very correct, ..."