American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The master or a crew member of a barge.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A man employed on a barge; an oarsman.
- n. A member of the crew of a barge.
- n. A barge owner, maintainer, or captain of a barge.
- n. nautical, slang A nickname for a large white maggot, that frequently infested ship's biscuits; most likely a larva of the cadelle beetle, Tenebroides mauritanicus.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The man who manages a barge, or one of the crew of a barge.
- n. someone who operates a barge
“His father, Simon Farber, a former bargeman in Poland, had immigrated to America in the late nineteenth century and worked in an insurance agency.”
“And yet the bargeman said she was traveling only with a priest.”
“He uprooted a clump of turf and hid the wig beneath it so that no passing bargeman might mistake it for a relic of an aristocratic romp in the grass.”
“Elizas father, Jonathan Makepeace, was born in London in 1866 to a penniless Thames bargeman and his wife.”
“How the son of a poor London bargeman came to meet and fall in love with the high-born Georgiana Mountrachet remains a mystery.”
“When John Taylor, a bargeman and alehouse keeper turned journalist, published an edition of his Mercurius Aquaticus in 1643, he included a complete reprint of a rival paper, the Mercurius Britanicus — followed by a point-by-point smackdown of its contents.”
“The bargeman said that in Spanish times, when a road was opened from St. Augustine on the Atlantic Coast to Pensacola on the Gulf, there were still buffalo in these savannas, and also the great jaguar, called tigre, and panthers, bears, and red wolves were still common.”
“And let us now trace the boat picked up by the bargeman on the morning of”
“With a proper caution and perseverance we shall infallibly trace this boat; for not only can the bargeman who picked it up identify it, but the rudder is at hand.”
““Down he goes again!” the bargeman cried, not heeding the interruption.”
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