[ won-i-guh n ]
/ ˈwɒn ɪ gən /


a lumberjack's trunk.
a lumber camp's supply chest.
a small house on wheels or tractor treads, used as an office or shelter in temporary lumber camps.
(especially in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest) a lean-to or other small addition built onto a house trailer, cabin, etc.
Also wan·gan, wan·gun [wang-guh n] /ˈwæŋ gən/, wan·ni·gan.

Origin of wanigan

1840–50; < Ojibwa wa·nikka·n pit, derivative of wa·nikke·- to dig a hole in the ground < Proto-Algonquian *wa·θehke·- (*wa·θ- hole + *-ehke·- make)
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/ (ˈwɒnɪgən) /

noun Canadian

a lumberjack's chest or box
a cabin, caboose or houseboat

Word Origin for wanigan

C19: from Algonquian
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