- (formerly) a boy employed on warships to carry gunpowder from the magazine to the guns.
- powderman(def 1).
Origin of powder monkey
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Historical Examples of powder monkey
Then you must be a powder-monkey with me; you can hand powder up, if you can do nothing else.The King's Own
Captain Frederick Marryat
This being thus, we therefore clearly see The Powder-Monkey heads some pedigree.A Phenomenal Fauna
I would have been rather an English powder-monkey or a swab in that great victory than an emperor out of it.The Admiral
So I put him down again, and there was his little lordship as busy as any powder-monkey, handing up the powder to the gunners.A Voyage round the World
Only two days since I met him swaggering on the beach, and he threatened to impress me on the Tartar for a powder-monkey.
- (formerly) a boy who carried powder from the magazine to the guns on warships