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
“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.
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.
Tremendous fighting and quarrelling ensued, red and angry faces, and 'bargee' language.
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."
"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.
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.
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.
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.
Tremendous fighting and quarrelling ensued, red and angry faces, and ‘bargee’ language.
I begin to feel almost like the James North who fought the bargee and took the gold medal.