\ 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

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Synonyms & Antonyms for barge

Synonyms: Verb

clump, flog [British], flounder, galumph, lumber, lump, plod, pound, scuff, scuffle, shamble, shuffle, slog, slough, stamp, stomp, stumble, stump, tramp, tromp, trudge

Antonyms: Verb

breeze, coast, glide, slide, waltz, whisk

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Examples of barge in a Sentence


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

One barge carried the stage, the other carried the orchestra. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian, "There’s a Massive Jester Floating on Austria’s Lake Constance," 15 July 2019 There will be four barges shooting off fireworks between the Manhattan Heliport and Pier 17 in the Seaport District. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Where to Watch and Stream the Macy's 2019 4th of July Fireworks," 4 July 2019 Several barges started moving down the Mississippi River, stopping along the way at five fabrication shops to pick up the unit’s heavy equipment. Darryl Fears, Washington Post, "A ‘volcano’ at the bottom of the gulf," 1 July 2019 The bridge, which spans the Mississippi River, was closed indefinitely in October after a barge carrying a crane struck a section of its southwest portion. Hanna Krueger,, "Sunshine Bridge closed the both directions after tugboat crash," 16 June 2019 The boats also operate in and around Seattle, towing barges through the Ship Canal and through Elliott Bay to the industrial plants along the Duwamish Waterway. David Gutman, The Seattle Times, "How do you launch a 330-ton tugboat? Very carefully.," 29 May 2019 As of Friday morning, the extraction team was seeking out a barge large enough to remove the truck from the river. Natalie Weber, Houston Chronicle, "Maritime barge, divers, to remove tractor trailer that crashed into San Jacinto River," 28 June 2019 Hitzler oversaw the yard work program, but other students have cleaned up golf courses and a river barge, Cyze says. Char Adams,, "Iowa Students Earn PE Credit by Doing Yard Work for the Elderly and People With Disabilities," 13 June 2019 Shanahan said he was told that, despite the White House request, the Navy did not move the ship and that a barge that was in front of it was moved before Trump arrived. Washington Post, "US troops, civilian defense workers get political reminder," 12 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

According to court documents, the older sibling told police Michael Ross barged into his room without warning in October and hit him over the head., "Oregon man accused in mother’s death now suspected of soliciting inmate to kill his brothers," 16 July 2019 Speak of the devil, Joyce comes barging in, going on about her magnets and completely oblivious to Hop’s hurt feelings. Kathryn Lindsay,, "R29 Binge Club: Stranger Things Season 3," 5 July 2019 The barite concentrate would be barged separately from Haines to a rail terminal in Prince Rupert, British Columbia, just south of Ketchikan. Author: Elwood Brehmer, Anchorage Daily News, "Southeast Alaska metals prospect has major potential, developers say," 14 June 2019 Fired from his job stocking parts at a Morgan Hill Ford dealership Tuesday afternoon, the 60-year-old San Jose man lingered for nearly two hours and then barged into an open office where his two supervisors were meeting. John Woolfolk, The Mercury News, "When getting fired gets violent — what experts say about avoiding workplace tragedy," 30 June 2019 Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association President Jeff Follmer said SWAT officers announced their presence and barged into the home. Adam Ferrise,, "Man shot by Cleveland police serving search warrant, police say," 27 June 2019 Virgillo, however, reported that Chrisman barged into the trailer after Rodriguez asked for a warrant. Bree Burkitt, azcentral, "These are the 3 Arizona officers charged with murder in on-duty shootings since 2002," 19 June 2019 Things began unravelling for him on the night of Sept. 20, 1962, as the police barged into the couple’s room in New Delhi’s Ashoka Hotel. Abeer Kapoor, Quartz India, "The fascinating story of an American smuggler’s daring escapades in 1960s India," 19 June 2019 The reactor compartments would then be barged up the Columbia River to the Port of Benton in Richland and offloaded to be hauled out to Hanford., "Hanford could be resting place for aircraft carrier Enterprise’s nuclear reactors," 16 June 2019

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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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English Language Learners Definition of barge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



English Language Learners Definition of barge (Entry 2 of 2)

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


\ 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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