a capacious, flat-bottomed vessel, usually intended to be pushed or towed, for transporting freight or passengers; lighter.
a vessel of state used in pageants:
elegantly decorated barges on the Grand Canal in Venice.
Navy. a boat reserved for a flag officer.
a boat that is heavier and wider than a shell, often used in racing as a training boat.
New England (chiefly Older Use) . a large, horse-drawn coach or, sometimes, a bus.
to move clumsily; bump into things; collide:
to barge through a crowd.
to move in the slow, heavy manner of a barge.
to carry or transport by barge:
Coal and ore had been barged down the Ohio to the Mississippi.
barge in, to intrude, especially rudely:
I hated to barge in without an invitation.
Also, barge in on. to force oneself upon, especially rudely; interfere in:
to barge into a conversation.
to bump into; collide with:
He started to run away and barged into a passer-by.
a vessel, usually flat-bottomed and with or without its own power, used for transporting freight, esp on canals
a vessel, often decorated, used in pageants, for state occasions, etc
(navy) a boat allocated to a flag officer, used esp for ceremonial occasions and often carried on board his flagship
(jocular, derogatory) any vessel, esp an old or clumsy one
(Austral, informal) a heavy or cumbersome surfboard
(informal) (intransitive) foll by into. to bump (into)
(transitive) (informal) to push (someone or one’s way) violently
(intransitive; foll by into or in) (informal) to interrupt rudely or clumsily: to barge into a conversation
(transitive) (sailing) to bear down on (another boat or boats) at the start of a race
(transitive) to transport by barge
(intransitive) (informal) to move slowly or clumsily
c.1300, “small seagoing vessel with sails,” from Old French barge, Old Provençal barca, from Medieval Latin barga, perhaps from Celtic, or perhaps from Latin *barica, from Greek baris “Egyptian boat,” from Coptic bari “small boat.” Meaning “flat-bottomed freight boat” dates from late 15c.
“to journey by barge,” 1590s, from barge (n.). The form barge into and the sense “crash heavily into,” in reference to the rough handling of barges, dates from 1830s, American English. Related: Barged; barging.
Enter rudely or abruptly, intrude. For example, Her mother never knocks but just barges in. The term is also put as barge into or barge in on to mean interrupt, as in Who asked you to barge into our conversation? These phrases use to barge in the sense of “bump into” or “knock against,” which may allude to the propensity of these clumsy vessels to collide with other craft. [ Late 1800s ]
one of the crew of a barge. a person who owns, manages, or captains a barge. Historical Examples No doubt he can find some bargeman there who will take the boy in. The Lost Heir G. A. Henty Yet who does not feel that there is a nobility about a sailor which a bargeman cannot […]
- Barge spike
a square spike with a chisel point.
any of several stones forming the sloping edge of a gable.
one of the crew of a barge. a person who owns, manages, or captains a barge. Historical Examples Indeed this was the most intelligent Tchuktchi I ever met, although his language would have startled an English bargee. From Paris to New York by Land Harry de Windt Please, Mr. bargee, will you take us in […]