Definitions

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

  • n. New England & Upper Northern U.S. A boat or small chest equipped with supplies for a lumber camp.
  • n. New England & Upper Northern U.S. Provisions for a camp or cabin.
  • n. Alaska A small house, bunkhouse, or shed mounted on skids and towed behind a tractor train as eating and sleeping quarters for a work crew.
  • n. Alaska An addition built onto a trailer house for extra living or storage space.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as wangan.

Etymologies

Ojibwa waanikaan, storage pit.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • "Ordinarily on drive we have a wanigan," said Welton.

    The Rules of the Game

  • Billy Camp began to worry about shooting the wanigan through the sluice-way.

    The Blazed Trail

  • When at last the wanigan was moored fast for the night, -- usually a mile or so below the spot planned, -- Billy Camp pushed back his battered old brown derby hat, the badge of his office, with

    The Blazed Trail

  • Billy Camp tried to keep back of the rear in clear water, but when the wanigan so disposed, he found himself jammed close in the logs.

    The Blazed Trail

  • Camp did not mind rain or cold -- he would cheerfully cook away with the water dripping from his battered derby to his chubby and cold-purpled nose -- but he did mind the wanigan.

    The Blazed Trail

  • When night came the men rode down stream to where the wanigan had made camp.

    The Blazed Trail

  • The tribulations of the wanigan were as the salt of life to the spectators.

    The Blazed Trail

  • The cook had, early that morning, moored the wanigan to the bank.

    The Blazed Trail

  • Outside, the cook and cookee were stowing articles in the already loaded wanigan.

    The Blazed Trail

  • Billy Camp began to worry about shooting the wanigan through the sluiceway.

    The Blazed Trail

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  • pay office in a lumber camp.

    February 5, 2008