[ gang-plangk ]
See synonyms for gangplank on
  1. a flat plank or small, movable, bridgelike structure for use by persons boarding or leaving a ship at a pier.

Origin of gangplank

An Americanism dating back to 1840–50; gang1 + plank

Words Nearby gangplank Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use gangplank in a sentence

  • A slender young man in a green jacket and cream-colored slacks was standing near the foot of the gangplank.

    The Five Arrows | Allan Chase

British Dictionary definitions for gangplank



/ (ˈɡæŋˌplæŋk) /

  1. nautical a portable bridge for boarding and leaving a vessel at dockside

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