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barge

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noun \ˈbärj\

Simple Definition of barge

  • : a large boat that has a flat bottom and that is used to carry goods in harbors and on rivers and canals

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of barge

  1. :  any of various boats: as a :  a roomy usually flat-bottomed boat used chiefly for the transport of goods on inland waterways and usually propelled by towing b :  a large motorboat supplied to the flag officer of a flagship c :  a roomy pleasure boat; especially :  a boat of state elegantly furnished and decorated

Origin and Etymology of barge

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin barca


First Known Use: 14th century

Other Nautical Terms


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barge

verb

Simple Definition of barge

  • : to move or push in a fast, awkward, and often rude way

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of barge

barged

barging

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to carry by barge

  3. intransitive verb
  4. 1 :  to move ponderously or clumsily

  5. 2 :  to thrust oneself heedlessly or unceremoniously <barged into the meeting>

Examples of barge in a sentence

  1. He came rushing down the stairs, barging into the crowd of people at the bottom.

  2. She barged through the door without even knocking.



1649

First Known Use of barge

1649

Rhymes with barge

charge, large, marge, parge, sarge, sparge, targe



BARGE Defined for Kids

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barge

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noun \ˈbärj\

Definition of barge for Students

  1. :  a broad boat with a flat bottom used chiefly in harbors and on rivers and canals




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barge

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verb

Definition of barge for Students

barged

barging

  1. :  to move or push in a fast and often rude way <He barged through the crowd.>





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