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[ran-dan] /ˈræn dæn/
a rowboat designed for three people, one person in the middle using two oars and the other two using one oar each.
the method for rowing such a boat. Unabridged
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  • The randan were favourites, and led; but Moulton fainted, and the four won.

    Boating W. B. Woodgate
  • Then they go away, and the place keeps on the randan for weeks after.

    The Half-Hearted John Buchan
  • It happened that while we were stopping at Cookham, a randan boat was also waiting there to start.

  • This boat put off just when we did, and when both boats reached the broad, open water, the randan proposed a race to Marlow.

  • randan, a boat impelled by three rowers, the midship man sculling, and the bowman and strokesman rowing with oars.

    The Slang Dictionary John Camden Hotten
  • Larger wherries were also built, ‘randan’ rig (for a pair of oars with a sculler amidships, or three pairs of sculls at option).

    Boating W. B. Woodgate
British Dictionary definitions for randan


/rænˈdæn; ˈrændæn/
a boat rowed by three people, in which the person in the middle uses two oars and the people fore and aft use one oar each
Word Origin
C19: of uncertain origin


/ˌrænˈdæn; ˈrænˌdæn/
rowdy behaviour; a spree
Word Origin
C18: perhaps changed from random
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