Meaning of BARGE in English


I. ˈbärj, ˈbȧj noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin barca

1. obsolete : a sailing vessel ; specifically : one next larger than the balinger : bark

2. : any of various boats: as

a. : a roomy usually flat-bottomed boat used principally in harbors or inland waterways though often sea-going for the transport of goods (as coal, oil, lumber, or grain) and sometimes passengers and usually propelled by towing

b. : a large boat formerly a double-banked rowboat but now a powerboat supplied to a naval flagship for the use of a flag officer

c. : a roomy pleasure boat ; especially : a boat of state elegantly furnished and decorated

d. : a racing boat somewhat broader and heavier than a shell and often used for practice purposes

e. : a towed or self-propelled boat used to transport freight cars over or across water routes not provided with bridges

3. : keel II 1b

4. : a tub or box for bread for the crew's mess on a ship

5. chiefly New England : a large horse-drawn omnibus usually used for excursions or the transportation of groups (as from a railroad station to a hotel)

II. verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

transitive verb

: to carry by barge

ore will be barged down the Orinoco — Newsweek

have already barged out the virgin forests in the form of lumber — Sat. Eve. Post

intransitive verb

1. : to move or charge in a lumbering, ponderous, or clumsy manner

he was a particularly cheeky saurian and soon came barging along to inspect us — Francis Birtles

or in a headlong, impetuous, heedless, or aimless fashion

a bat flew in the front door, barged around for 20 minutes until finally knocked down — Time

2. : to thrust oneself unceremoniously (as into a place where one is unwanted) — used with in or into

barge in on some friends while they are eating dinner

III. ˈbarj, ˈbȧj transitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: English dialect (Ireland), barge shrewish woman, from Irish Gaelic bāirseach

dialect Britain : scold , rebuke

she could have barged me all night telling me I was a cur and a coward — D'Arcy Niland

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