From Middle English ganger, from Old English gangere (“a ganger, footman”), equivalent to gang + -er. Cognate with Dutch ganger, German Gänger, Danish gjænger, ganger, Swedish gängare, Icelandic gangari.
ganger (plural gangers)
- (chiefly Scotland) One who or that which walks or goes; a goer; a walker.
- One who oversees a gang of workmen.
- (coal-mining) One who is employed in conveying the coal through the gangways.
- (nautical) A length of chain, one end of which is fastened to an anchor when let go, when the other end is fastened to a hawser.
- present tense of
- Swedish: gång