[noun gang-wey; interjection gang-wey]



clear the way! out of the way!

Nearby words

  1. gangster,
  2. gangster chic,
  3. gangsterism,
  4. gangtok,
  5. gangue,
  6. ganister,
  7. ganja,
  8. gank,
  9. gannet,
  10. gannett

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

Examples from the Web for gangway

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.

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