[noun gang-wey; interjection gang-wey]



clear the way! out of the way!

Origin of gangway

1680–90; gang1 + way1; not continuous with Old English gangweg
Related formsgang·wayed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for gangway

corridor, passageway, walkway, gangplank

Examples from the Web for gangway

Historical Examples of gangway

  • On toward the forecastle, where sat the woman alone by the gangway.


    William D. Howells

  • They shook hands, and then the old man went down the gangway.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine

  • "Hap yourself well," he had said when they crossed the gangway on to the boat.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine

  • Juve propelled him towards a gangway: a minute later both were on the boat.

    A Nest of Spies

    Pierre Souvestre

  • They were standing in the gangway, waiting to be shewn their seats.

British Dictionary definitions for gangway



an opening in a ship's side to take a gangplank
another word for gangplank
British an aisle between rows of seats
Also called: logway mainly US a ramp for logs leading into a sawmill
a main passage in a mine
temporary planks over mud or earth, as on a building site

sentence substitute

clear a path!
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Word Origin and History for gangway

Old English gangweg "road, passage, thoroughfare;" see gang (in its original sense) + way. As a command to clear way, attested by 1912, American English.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper