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wanigan

[won-i-guh n]
noun
  1. a lumberjack's trunk.
  2. a lumber camp's supply chest.
  3. a small house on wheels or tractor treads, used as an office or shelter in temporary lumber camps.
  4. (especially in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest) a lean-to or other small addition built onto a house trailer, cabin, etc.
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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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Examples from the Web for wanigan

Historical Examples

  • The tribulations of the wanigan were as the salt of life to the spectators.

    The Blazed Trail

    Stewart Edward White

  • The cook had, early that morning, moored the wanigan to the bank.

    The Blazed Trail

    Stewart Edward White

  • Get the lanterns from the wanigan, and bring them to the dam.

    The Riverman

    Stewart Edward White

  • This, after some difficulty, was made fast to the bow of the wanigan.

    The Riverman

    Stewart Edward White

  • The ground had now hardened so that a wanigan boat was unnecessary.

    The Riverman

    Stewart Edward White


British Dictionary definitions for wanigan

wanigan

wannigan

noun Canadian
  1. a lumberjack's chest or box
  2. a cabin, caboose or houseboat
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Word Origin

C19: from Algonquian
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