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randan

[ran-dan]
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noun
  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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Historical Examples

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

    Boating

    W. B. Woodgate

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

    The Half-Hearted

    John Buchan

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

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

  • 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

randan1

noun
  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

randan2

noun
  1. rowdy behaviour; a spree
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Word Origin

C18: perhaps changed from random
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