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[bahrj-muh n] /ˈbɑrdʒ mən/
noun, plural bargemen.
one of the crew of a barge.
a person who owns, manages, or captains a barge.
Also called, especially British, bargee
[bahr-jee] /bɑrˈdʒi/ (Show IPA)
Origin of bargeman
1400-50, earlier in Anglo-Latin, Anglo-French; Middle English; see barge, man1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for bargee
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  • Please, Mr. bargee, will you take us in your boat as far as Firdale?

    Two Little Travellers

    Frances Browne Arthur
  • He avowed himself to have been a bargee in the earth-plane—should one say the water-plane?

    Mystic London: Charles Maurice Davies
  • Like the bargee of whom Stevenson wrote, there seems to be no reason why he should not live for ever.

    A Floating Home Cyril Ionides
  • The bargee turned so pale, that he looked like a colliers tablecloth.

    Cradock Nowell, Vol. 2 (of 3) Richard Doddridge Blackmore
  • What such a waggoner might do on land, bargee does on the river.

    The Open Air Richard Jefferies
  • bargee is free, and the ashes of his pipe are worth a king's ransom.

    The Open Air Richard Jefferies
  • Catharine moved away, but the bargee caught her round the waist.

    Catharine Furze Mark Rutherford
  • If this goes on, my beloved 'earers, it will be my painful duty to rot this bargee.

    Stalky & Co. Rudyard Kipling
  • The bargee drew a jug of water from the breaker and placed it before them.

    Sturdy and Strong G. A. Henty
  • Which stop beside your river house—you'll know the bargee's me.

British Dictionary definitions for bargee


noun (pl) bargees, bargemen
a person employed on or in charge of a barge
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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