tanky

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

tank +‎ -y. The noun sense is from the fact that the assistant of the navigator of a ship was also in charge of the ship’s water tanks, and later its rations when refrigeration was introduced.[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

tanky (comparative tankier, superlative tankiest)

  1. (gaming) Able to withstand much damage, having a lot of hit points (that is, like a tank).

Noun[edit]

tanky (plural tankies)

  1. (nautical, slang) A sailor who assists the navigator of the ship; a sailor in charge of the ship's hold, and thus responsible for the provision of rations and water.
  2. Alternative form of tankie (a soldier from a tank regiment; a member of the Communist Party of Great Britain).

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Times Literary Supplement, London: Times Newspapers Ltd., 9 June 1945, page 271, column 3.