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From Old French barge ‎(boat), from Vulgar Latin barca, from Ancient Greek βάρις ‎(báris, Egyptian boat), from Coptic ⲃⲁⲁⲣⲉ ‎(bāre, small boat), from Egyptian *bēre.



barge ‎(plural barges)

  1. A large flat-bottomed towed or self-propelled boat used mainly for river and canal transport of heavy goods or bulk cargo
  2. A richly decorated ceremonial state vessel propelled by rowers for river processions
  3. A large flat-bottomed coastal trading vessel having a large spritsail and jib-headed topsail, a fore staysail and a very small mizen, and having leeboards instead of a keel
  4. One of the boats of a warship having fourteen oars
  5. The wooden disk in which bread or biscuit is placed on a mess table
  6. (US) A double-decked passenger or freight vessel, towed by a steamboat.
  7. (US, dialect, dated) A large omnibus used for excursions.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.


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barge ‎(third-person singular simple present barges, present participle barging, simple past and past participle barged)

  1. To intrude or break through, particularly in an unwelcome or clumsy manner.
  2. (transitive) To push someone.
    • 2011 February 1, Mandeep Sanghera, “Man Utd 3 - 1 Aston Villa”, in BBC[1]:
      The home side were professionally going about their business and were denied a spot-kick when Dunne clumsily barged Nani off the the ball.




Etymology 1[edit]

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barge m, f ‎(plural barges)

  1. (slang) nuts, bananas (crazy)

Etymology 2[edit]

From Late Latin *barga < barca, itself possibly from a form *barica < baris < Ancient Greek βάρις ‎(báris).


barge f ‎(plural barges)

  1. barge (boat)

Etymology 3[edit]

Possibly from a Vulgar Latin bardea, of Gaulish origin.


barge f ‎(plural barges)

  1. godwit


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Northern Sami[edit]



  1. inflection of bargat:
    1. first-person dual present indicative
    2. third-person plural past indicative

Old French[edit]


barge f ‎(oblique plural barges, nominative singular barge, nominative plural barges)

  1. boat