[ kej ]
/ kɛdʒ /

verb (used with object), kedged, kedg·ing.

to warp or pull (a ship) along by hauling on the cable of an anchor carried out from the ship and dropped.

verb (used without object), kedged, kedg·ing.

(of a ship) to move by being kedged.


Also called kedge anchor. a small anchor used in kedging.

Origin of kedge

1475–85; akin to Middle English caggen to fasten; see cadge1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for kedge


/ (kɛdʒ) nautical /


to draw (a vessel) along by hauling in on the cable of a light anchor that has been dropped at some distance from it, or (of a vessel) to be drawn in this fashion


a light anchor, used esp for kedging

Word Origin for kedge

C15: from caggen to fasten
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