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

  • Hardly had they scrambled on to the wharf when Trevannion's ganger came up.

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

    The Little Missis Charlotte Skinner
  • You can hear the ganger shouting and swearing even at this distance.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • Rolf the ganger had been proud rather than ashamed of his brutal ferocity and selfishness.

    The Normans Sarah Orne Jewett
  • (p. 045) Here was a golden opportunity for Rollo the ganger and his vikings.

  • They work in gangs, each with a ganger swearing at them in the most offensive and outrageous way.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • But some of the great folks to whom he has been serviceable had him made a ganger.

  • Sigurd, in unbroken line, was a descendant of one "Rollo, the ganger" (or walker).

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

    With Rimington L. March Phillipps
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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