\ 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

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 Her first home, known as the Projectile, was a long black barge that seemed to invite misfortune. Joe Kloc, Harper's magazine, "Lost at Sea," 10 June 2019 From the south tower the entire island can be seen in a single circular glance, with the gracious, orderly Île St. Louis attached by bridge to its eastern end like a barge to a tug. Bruce Dale, National Geographic, "Adored, neglected, and restored: A 1968 Nat Geo feature explored Notre Dame," 17 Apr. 2019 In Philadelphia, the route the duck boats traveled on the Delaware River was constricted after a shipping barge collided with a Ride the Ducks boat in 2010, killing two tourists. Eric Adler, The Seattle Times, "Congress didn’t act after 1999 duck-boat tragedy. Now it must, experts say.," 30 July 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 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

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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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