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

  • n. One that gauges.
  • n. Chiefly British A revenue officer who inspects bulk goods subject to duty.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who gauges
  • n. an officer whose business it is to ascertain the contents of casks.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who gauges; an officer whose business it is to ascertain the contents of casks.


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  • Then he became an exciseman -- what was sometimes called "gauger" -- and was speedily cashiered for negligence.

    Greenwich Village

  • "Would you have the gauger's wife, sister?" inquired Blanche, with a face of renewed perplexity: "I think my dear Lady Maria would be pleased if I bid the dame - for the gauger is a good friend of his Lordship - hot-headed, they say, but that does not make him the worse - and his dame takes it kindly to be noticed."

    Rob of the bowl : a legend of St. Inigoe's,

  • And if a "gauger" lost his life in some one or other of the bloody encounters that frequently took place between the smugglers and the revenue officers, why, so much the worse for the "gauger."

    Stories of the Border Marches

  • Each of these bonded facilities was regularly patrolled by a government “gauger” charged with monitoring the wholesale trade in medicinal liquor.


  • But in the whiskey ring operations the gauger might, for example, report four thousand gallons in four hundred packages of ten gallons each, when in reality there were four hundred packages of eighty gallons each.


  • The next step is to buy or bludgeon the gauger, who measures the whiskey production.


  • You got a big old gauger right there of the temperature.

    CNN Transcript Jan 10, 2010

  • ‘I will but bid the provost and Mrs. Crosbie farewell, and then get on horseback so soon as the ostler of the George Inn can saddle him; — as for the smugglers, I am neither gauger nor supervisor, and, like the man who met the devil, if they have nothing to say to me, I have nothing to say to them.’


  • Laird of Gandercleugh, with his wife and three daughters, the minister, the gauger, mine esteemed patron Mr. Jedediah Cleishbotham, and some round dozen of the feuars and farmers, had been consigned to immortality by

    The Bride of Lammermoor

  • I was only meditating on my sense of supposed wrong from my family, my impotent thirst of vengeance, and how it would sound in the haughty cars of the family of Willingham, that one of their descendants, and the heir apparent of their honours, should perish by the hands of the hangman for robbing a Scottish gauger of a sum not equal to one-fifth part of the money I had in my pocket-book.

    The Heart of Mid-Lothian


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  • Moonshiners' name for a revenue agent in the pre-Prohibition era.

    There is a well-known traditional Irish tune called "The Drunken Gauger".

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