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[gang-er] /ˈgæŋ ər/
noun, British.
a foreman of a gang of laborers.
Origin of ganger
First recorded in 1840-50; gang1 + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • You can hear the ganger shouting and swearing even at this distance.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • Hardly had they scrambled on to the wharf when Trevannion's ganger came up.

  • (p. 045) Here was a golden opportunity for Rollo the ganger and his vikings.

  • ganger, the person who superintends the work of a gang, or a number of navigators.

    The Slang Dictionary John Camden Hotten
  • He seems to have been much like Rolf the ganger, and a true, valiant viking at heart.

    The Normans Sarah Orne Jewett
  • I met my ganger in one, and managed to get in front of them and ask on the quiet who they were.

  • The ganger's advice did not deter or frighten him in the least.

    The Little Missis Charlotte Skinner
  • But some of the great folks to whom he has been serviceable had him made a ganger.

  • We reach the ganger's hut, and the light spreads and rests on the hills.

    With Rimington L. March Phillipps
  • My name is ganger; I'm on the fourth floor—been there twenty-two years.

    Felix O'Day F. Hopkinson Smith
British Dictionary definitions for ganger


(mainly Brit) the foreman of a gang of labourers
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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