\ ˈbärj \

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

Two OceanGate boats, a big UW research towing vessel and a small inflatable craft zoomed in, helping to guide the sub onto a cradle on a barge that is used to tow the submersible around. Katherine Long, The Seattle Times, "In a five-person submarine, scientists in Friday Harbor unravel the mysteries of the Salish Sea," 16 Sep. 2018 With fireworks launched from four barges strategically placed around San Diego Bay, spectators can see the displays from Shelter Island, Harbor Island, the Embarcadero and Seaport Village, and Coronado Landing. John R. Mccutchen,, "Watch Live Fox 5 coverage: Big Bay Boom," 4 July 2018 The fireworks were shot in the air from a U.S. Navy barge and were visible within view of the Golden Gate Bridge. Bill Van Niekerken,, "Six decades of SF Fourth of July photos, from fireworks to fog-outs," 4 July 2018 And later on, the fireworks are launched from seven barges in the middle of the Charles River. Caroline Judelson, Fox News, "10 of the top Fourth of July firework displays across America," 4 July 2018 Huayang eventually upgraded its warehouse and bought nine barges to transport containers along the Yangtze River, connecting Hunan to Shanghai, according to a presentation Zhou gave to the American Pyrotechnics Assn. this year. Damian Paletta And Emily Rauhala,, "How one Chinese businessman became the largest fireworks supplier in the U.S.," 3 July 2018 On the far right of the photo is a barge with an airplane on it, supposedly Earhart’s. Marwa Eltagouri, Washington Post, "Bones discovered on a Pacific island belong to Amelia Earhart, a new forensic analysis claims," 7 Mar. 2018 Here, yachts pull up to Shelly Bay while attendees float on colorful rafts near a barge blasting soca music in the middle of a crystal clear ocean. Kristin Braswell, Vogue, "The Caribbean Carnivals You Don’t Want to Miss This Summer," 24 June 2018 So called because it was planted near a spot where a barge full of corn had gone down, decades in the past. Earl Swift, Outside Online, "The Incredible True Story of the Henrietta C.," 20 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Hovan, who police say had been watching the woman and her friend load the car in a grocery store parking lot just hours before, barged in with a knife and raped one of them, the news station reported. Monique O. Madan, miamiherald, "He pistol-whipped a 62-year-old, cops say, then was jailed on rape and kidnapping charges," 5 July 2018 Michael Cory Lee was picking up methamphetamine at a trailer in San Leandro in February 2001, when two men barged in and shot him multiple times. Sarah Ravani, San Francisco Chronicle, "Young woman’s ‘dying declaration’ a rare path to justice, law enforcement says," 17 Mar. 2018 But tech alone can’t solve an issue, especially by barging into a space filled with existing rules, stakeholders, regulations, and community considerations. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "How cities should regulate the scooter surge," 11 July 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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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


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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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