Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Chiefly British A bargeman.

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  • n. A crewman of a working barge

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A bargeman.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One of the crew of a barge or canal-boat.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. someone who operates a barge

Etymologies

barge + -ee2.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • “Have you broken down, the Providence?” called another bargee, whose boat passed so close that his head could be seen gliding past, level with the hatchway.

    Maigret meets a Milord

  • The bargee was a strongly-built, stupid, healthy-looking young man, of some twenty-three years old, who, from being slow of passion was all the more terrible when aroused.

    Julian Home

  • Tremendous fighting and quarrelling ensued, red and angry faces, and 'bargee' language.

    The Romance of Isabel, Lady Burton

  • Simon Schama's "Landscape and Memory" 1995 includes a superb chapter on water, with delectable excursions on the canals of Venice and the work of John Taylor, the 17th-century Thames bargee and self-styled "Water Poet."

    Any Drop to Drink?

  • "Treaty, nothing!" snaps Sherman; he was the same ugly, blackavised bargee who you remember observed that war is hell, and then proved it; I was interested to see that ten years hadn't mellowed him.

    Isabelle

  • Grant was the same burly, surly bargee I remembered, more like a city storekeeper than the first-rate soldier he'd been and the disillusioned President he was.

    Isabelle

  • You'd barely credit it; here was this sober-looking, middle-aged bargee, with the grey streaks in his trim beard and the solid spread to his middle, burly but by no means tall, as proper a citizen as ever spouted Catullus or graced a corporation-and suddenly it was Attila gone berserk.

    Isabelle

  • His top major, Reno, who seemed a dapper, quiet, clever sort of chap, concealed any animosity he may have felt, but the dominant spirit in the mess, a big burly bargee with prematurely white hair and a schoolboy's eyes and grin, called Benteen, seemed ready to lock horns with Custer as soon as look at him.

    Isabelle

  • Tremendous fighting and quarrelling ensued, red and angry faces, and ‘bargee’ language.

    The Romance of Isabel Lady Burton

  • I begin to feel almost like the James North who fought the bargee and took the gold medal.

    For the term of his natural life

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