\ ˈbärj How to pronounce barge (audio) \

Definition of barge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: any of various boats: such 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


barged; barging

Definition of barge (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to carry by barge

intransitive verb

1 : to move ponderously or clumsily
2 : to thrust oneself heedlessly or unceremoniously barged into the meeting

Synonyms & Antonyms for barge

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of barge in a Sentence

Verb He came rushing down the stairs, barging into the crowd of people at the bottom. She barged through the door without even knocking.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The second, larger barge — which is about 120 feet by 40 feet — remains stuck on the remnants of a dam above Harpers Ferry. Dana Hedgpeth, Washington Post, 8 May 2022 Amongst the competitors in the rarified luxo-barge category, the G800 shares the stage with the Dassault Falcon Jet 10X and the Bombardier Global Express G7500. Brian Foley, Forbes, 5 Oct. 2021 Side note: the steel from that fueling barge isn’t going overseas. al, 29 Apr. 2022 Today, when the water is too deep to build a foundation, wind turbines instead float on massive, barge-like structures that must be able to bear the turbines’ weight and keep them stable. Kurt Kleiner, Smithsonian Magazine, 12 Apr. 2022 Again For its eighth year, the New Nashville Riverboat Roadshow brought some of Music City’s finest talent to a party barge on the Colorado River. Joseph Hudak, Rolling Stone, 17 Mar. 2022 Upon approaching the multi-level barge on the Seine, you may be confused by the lines of people waiting to cruise the river. Sara Lieberman, Travel + Leisure, 26 Nov. 2021 Portland’s mariner madam Nancy Boggs, who is thought to have run a bawdy barge up and down the Willamette River in the late 1800s. oregonlive, 23 Mar. 2022 The Back Channel will be closed to all vessels from 6 a.m. May 7 to 6 a.m. May 9, as the old bridge’s main span is disconnected and lowered onto a barge, officials said. Los Angeles Times, 26 Feb. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Dorfman spends a lot of time setting up the story’s underlying tensions at a dinner party that eventually erupts into violence, right before three masked men barge into the house and start tormenting the guests. Noel Murray, Los Angeles Times, 31 Mar. 2022 After the door opens, a group of officers barge in, yelling commands. Aya Elamroussi, CNN, 17 Feb. 2022 The tugboat and barge that ran aground in Deerfield Beach and Boca Raton, respectively, Thursday night have been removed, according to the U.S. Coast Guard, and the beaches have fully reopened. Austen Erblat,, 6 Feb. 2022 Two-Face's whole role is to barge into scenes with a machine gun. Darren Franich,, 27 Jan. 2022 However, the music quickly shifts away from nostalgia and morphs into something new as the Martinez Brothers — the DJ duo from the Bronx — barge in with sudden flashes of sudden hi-def house. Julyssa Lopez, Rolling Stone, 24 Jan. 2022 The door seemed open for Djokovic to barge through and set a seemingly unassailable mark for major wins, right as his fiercest rivals seemed to be fading. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, 16 Jan. 2022 There’s another Alaska Logistics barge that’s stuck near Georgetown, far up the Kuskokwim River. Greg Kim, Anchorage Daily News, 12 Nov. 2021 Britney had a fear that her family would barge in and take everything. Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 28 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of barge


13th century, in the meaning defined above


1649, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for barge


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

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\ ˈbärj How to pronounce barge (audio) \

Kids Definition of barge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


barged; barging

Kids Definition of barge (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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