Two barges on a river.
- The definition of a barge is a large boat whose underside is flat that is used for hauling goods on waterways and in harbors.
A flatboat is an example of a barge.
- To barge is defined as to push ahead in a clumsy or abrupt way.
To rush through a door without knocking is an example of barge.
- a large boat, usually flat-bottomed, for carrying heavy freight on rivers, canals, etc.
- a large pleasure boat, esp. one used for state ceremonies, pageants, etc.
- a boat reserved for the use of a flag officer
- Slang any clumsy boat
Origin of bargeMiddle English and Old French from Medieval Latin barga from Late Latin barca from an unverified form barica from Classical Greek baris, Egyptian boat from Coptic bar?, small boat
transitive verbbarged, barg′ing
- to move slowly and clumsily
- to come or go (in or into) in a rude, abrupt, or clumsy way
- to collide heavily or clumsily; run (into)
- a. A long, large, usually flatbottom boat for transporting freight that is generally unpowered and towed or pushed by other craft.b. A large, open pleasure boat used for parties, pageants, or formal ceremonies.
- A powerboat reserved for the use of an admiral.
verbbarged, barg·ing, barg·es
- To move about clumsily.
- To intrude or interrupt, especially rudely: barged into the meeting.
Origin of bargeMiddle English from Old French from Latin barca boat ; see bark 3.
- A large flat-bottomed towed or self-propelled boat used mainly for river and canal transport of heavy goods or bulk cargo
- A richly decorated ceremonial state vessel propelled by rowers for river processions
- A large flat-bottomed coastal trading vessel having a large spritsail and jib-headed topsail, a fore staysail and a very small mizen, and having leeboards instead of a keel
- One of the boats of a warship having fourteen oars
- The wooden disk in which bread or biscuit is placed on a mess table
- (US) A double-decked passenger or freight vessel, towed by a steamboat.
- (US, dialect, dated) A large omnibus used for excursions.
(third-person singular simple present barges, present participle barging, simple past and past participle barged)
- Aberg, rebag
barge - Investment & Finance Definition
A ship that is used to carry heavy and space-intensive products in rivers, lakes, or other waterways. For example, inland river barges that carry oil products typically hold 25,000 barrels; ocean-going barges range in size up to 120,000 barrels.