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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for ganger

Historical Examples of ganger

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for ganger



mainly British the foreman of a gang of labourers
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