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.
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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Historical Examples of wannigan

  • The wannigan is a floating bunkhouse, cookshed and store combined.

    The Lumberjack Sky Pilot

    Thomas D. Whittles

  • One of the clerks said, "I have charge of the wannigan—the first graft of the lumberjack."

    The Lumberjack Sky Pilot

    Thomas D. Whittles

  • Do the job up right if you have to buy out every wannigan in town.

    The Lumberjack Sky Pilot

    Thomas D. Whittles

  • In a bend of the river, below the place where the drivers were working, the large flat-boat called the wannigan, was tied.

    The Lumberjack Sky Pilot

    Thomas D. Whittles

  • In response to the call the rivermen hastily made for shore, and headed for the grassy place near the wannigan.

    The Lumberjack Sky Pilot

    Thomas D. Whittles


British Dictionary definitions for wannigan

wanigan

wannigan

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

Word Origin for wanigan

C19: from Algonquian
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