wanigan

noun

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

Etymology

Ojibwa wa·nikka·n pit

First Known Use

1890, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of wanigan was in 1890

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Cite this Entry

“Wanigan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wanigan. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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