powder monkey

noun

: a person who carries or has charge of explosives (as in blasting operations)

Word History

First Known Use

1697, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of powder monkey was in 1697

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“Powder monkey.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/powder%20monkey. Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

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