[ ran-dan ]

  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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How to use randan in a sentence

  • 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.

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

    The Half-Hearted | John Buchan
  • Larger wherries were also built, ‘randan’ rig (for a pair of oars with a sculler amidships, or three pairs of sculls at option).

    Boating | W. B. Woodgate
  • The randan were favourites, and led; but Moulton fainted, and the four won.

    Boating | W. B. Woodgate

British Dictionary definitions for randan (1 of 2)


/ (rænˈdæn, ˈrændæn) /

  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

Origin of randan

C19: of uncertain origin

British Dictionary definitions for randan (2 of 2)


/ (ˌrænˈdæn, ˈrænˌdæn) /

  1. rowdy behaviour; a spree

Origin of randan

C18: perhaps changed from random

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