gangplank

noun

gang·​plank ˈgaŋ-ˌplaŋk How to pronounce gangplank (audio)
: a movable bridge used in boarding or leaving a ship at a pier

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web It’s what landlubbers call a gangplank, or the section that connects the boat to the dock. Kevin Koenig, Robb Report, 16 Sep. 2022 But then the queen, wearing tasteful low-heeled pumps, stepped out onto the slick gangplank and began sliding down the incline. Brittany Bowker, BostonGlobe.com, 8 Sep. 2022 In soundless footage, military officers watched Chagossians descend a gangplank—the fading record of a heritage visit. Cullen Murphy, The Atlantic, 15 June 2022 Since the pandemic began, the crowds that Mr. Ng once jostled to squeeze onto the ferry gangplank are gone. New York Times, 19 Apr. 2022 In New York City, Prabhupada descended the gangplank carrying a small suitcase, an umbrella, and a rumpled bag of cereal. Ashley Stimpson, Longreads, 19 Feb. 2022 On the day of our departure, two male crew members dressed in short red jumpsuits greeted passengers on the gangplank. Washington Post, 31 Dec. 2021 Sailors with side arms stood watch by the gangplank, seemingly oblivious to the cold rain lashing their faces. New York Times, 22 May 2021 Sailors with sidearms stood watch by the gangplank, seemingly oblivious to the cold rain lashing their faces. BostonGlobe.com, 22 May 2021 See More

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Word History

Etymology

gang- (as in gangway) + plank entry 1

First Known Use

1785, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gangplank was in 1785

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Cite this Entry

“Gangplank.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gangplank. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

gangplank

noun

gang·​plank ˈgaŋ-ˌplaŋk How to pronounce gangplank (audio)
: a movable bridge from a ship to the shore

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