wanigan

noun
wan·​i·​gan | \ ˈwä-ni-gən How to pronounce wanigan (audio) \
variants: or wannigan

Definition of wanigan

: a shelter (as for sleeping, eating, or storage) often mounted on wheels or tracks and towed by tractor or mounted on a raft or boat

Examples of wanigan in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The nuclear reactor would eventually be moved stateside, but it was first taken back to the military base at Thule, 140 miles away, along with Camp Century’s wanigans, tractors, and trucks. Jon Gertner, WIRED, 12 June 2019 At Chewonki, a 100-year-old outdoor education camp in Wiscasset, Maine, Greg Shute has been teaching children how to bake cakes in reflector ovens and pack a proper wanigan (a gear box designed to fit in a canoe) for 33 years. Atlanta Life, ajc, 7 July 2017 At Chewonki, a 100-year-old outdoor education camp in Wiscasset, Me., Greg Shute has been teaching children how to bake cakes in reflector ovens and pack a proper wanigan (a gear box designed to fit in a canoe) for 33 years. Kim Severson, New York Times, 26 June 2017

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First Known Use of wanigan

1890, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for wanigan

Ojibwa wa·nikka·n pit

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“Wanigan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wanigan. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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