Nearby words

  1. bargaining agent,
  2. bargaining chip,
  3. bargaining level,
  4. bargaining scope,
  5. bargaining unit,
  6. barge couple,
  7. barge course,
  8. barge in,
  9. barge spike,
  10. bargeboard

Origin of barge

1250–1300; Middle English < Middle French, perhaps < Latin *bārica; see bark3

Can be confusedbarge boat canoe cruise ship sailboat ship yacht Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for barge



a vessel, usually flat-bottomed and with or without its own power, used for transporting freight, esp on canals
a vessel, often decorated, used in pageants, for state occasions, etc
navy a boat allocated to a flag officer, used esp for ceremonial occasions and often carried on board his flagship
jocular, derogatory any vessel, esp an old or clumsy one
Australian informal a heavy or cumbersome surfboard


(intr foll by into) informal to bump (into)
(tr) informal to push (someone or one's way) violently
(intr; foll by into or in) informal to interrupt rudely or clumsilyto barge into a conversation
(tr) sailing to bear down on (another boat or boats) at the start of a race
(tr) to transport by barge
(intr) informal to move slowly or clumsily

Word Origin for barge

C13: from Old French, from Medieval Latin barga, probably from Late Latin barca a small boat; see barque

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Word Origin and History for barge
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