\ 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

The dams control water levels, ensuring the river runs slow and high enough for boats and barges to avoid rocks, gravel bars and other impediments. Tristan Baurick,, "Creating a waterborne interstate for commerce: The River’s Revenge," 15 June 2019 In the play, Ida (Rebecca Ellis) barges in on studio bigwig Jack Warner (Matty Griffiths) to pitch a movie about the deceased Gwen. Celia Wren, Washington Post, "No shoo-in success for two new plays about female artists," 12 June 2019 The owners of railcars and barges will have to pay interest on these even if parked on sidings or tied to river banks for months on end. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, "Real World Economics: Weather, bad crops and lasting effects," 9 June 2019 At the South Side port, Chicago still looks like the City of Big Shoulders — with barges docked along the Calumet River and a yard heaped with shining piles of steel and aluminum. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Chicago’s international port looks for funds to improve its facilities and attract more shipping business," 3 June 2019 Several barges were deposited on the top of levees in Plaquemines Parish during the storm by surge water. Mark Schleifstein,, "Morganza Spillway opening delayed, but tropical system may also threaten New Orleans," 3 June 2019 New York City officials filed a lawsuit in Manhattan federal court against a media company on Wednesday, accusing it of illegally operating a barge with digital billboards on the city’s waterways. Katie Honan, WSJ, "New York City Sues to Stop Digital Billboards From Cruising Rivers," 27 Mar. 2019 In San Antonio, that apparently means loading up on barges and floating down the Riverwalk. Rob Mahoney,, "Breakaway: Inside the Life of Future Lottery Pick Mikal Bridges," 15 June 2018 After the incident Fitzgerald returned to Japan under its own power, then was shipped via barge back to Pascagoula, Mississippi for repairs. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Stricken Destroyer USS Fitzgerald Leaves Drydock," 18 Apr. 2019

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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 In the second of three additional minutes at the end of the game, the ball fell to Dybala on the edge of the penalty area who was able to barge his way into the box., "Lazio 0-1 Juventus: Late Dybala Strike Gives Juve Crucial Win Over High Flying Le Aquile," 3 Mar. 2018 One day around February 2014, Estonian government inspectors barged into the building, without permission from Copenhagen, and pulled thousands of documents. Patricia Kowsmann, WSJ, "How One Stubborn Banker Exposed a $200 Billion Russian Money-Laundering Scandal," 23 Oct. 2018 Prius drivers proved especially willing to barge ahead, claiming the right of way over pedestrians at the same rate as luxury vehicles, a finding that suggests that the self-righteous rival even the wealthy in grabbiness. Kevin Conley, Town & Country, "Bad As I Wanna Be," 11 July 2013 That’s when Cosby tried to barge into the car, police said. Gal Tziperman Lotan,, "Man accused in shooting outside West Colonial Drive Wawa," 7 July 2018 Jones was shot in the face by Waire after Waire and Kennedy barged into the 19-year-old’s off-campus apartment demanding marijuana and money, witnesses testified, according to WZZM13. Harriet Sokmensuer,, "Teen's Murder Is So Devastating that Mom Says 'I Find it Hard to Breathe' — as Killer Is Sentenced," 26 June 2018 In July 2002, Hogan reported to authorities that Rita had barged into her Evergreen Park home, pulled her to the floor and threatened to rape her. Stacy St. Clair,, "Michael Madigan wouldn't intervene in domestic battery case involving Democratic candidate, woman says," 9 Mar. 2018 That group was performing at a club in Columbus, Ohio, on Dec. 8, 2004, when a disaffected 25-year-old fan barged onstage with a handgun. Matt Schudel, Washington Post, "Vinnie Paul, hard-hitting drummer for heavy metal band Pantera, dies at 54," 23 June 2018

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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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The first known use of barge was in the 13th century

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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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