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  1. a rowboat designed for three people, one person in the middle using two oars and the other two using one oar each.
  2. the method for rowing such a boat.
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Examples from the Web for randan

Historical Examples

  • The randan were favourites, and led; but Moulton fainted, and the four won.


    W. B. Woodgate

  • Then they go away, and the place keeps on the randan for weeks after.

    The Half-Hearted

    John Buchan

  • It happened that while we were stopping at Cookham, a randan boat was also waiting there to start.

  • This boat put off just when we did, and when both boats reached the broad, open water, the randan proposed a race to Marlow.

  • Randan, a boat impelled by three rowers, the midship man sculling, and the bowman and strokesman rowing with oars.

    The Slang Dictionary

    John Camden Hotten

British Dictionary definitions for randan


  1. a boat rowed by three people, in which the person in the middle uses two oars and the people fore and aft use one oar each
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Word Origin

C19: of uncertain origin


  1. rowdy behaviour; a spree
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Word Origin

C18: perhaps changed from random
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