to move (a ship) by hauling on a rope fastened to an anchor that has been dropped some distance from it
Origin of kedgeMiddle English caggen, to fasten ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
- to move a ship by kedging it
- to move by being kedged
a light anchor, used esp. in kedging a ship
also kedge anchor
A light anchor used for warping a vessel.
verbkedged, kedg·ing, kedg·es
To warp (a vessel) by means of a light anchor.
To move by means of a light anchor.
Origin of kedgeFrom kedge, to warp a vessel, perhaps from Middle English caggen, to tie, perhaps of Scandinavian origin.
(third-person singular simple present kedges, present participle kedging, simple past and past participle kedged)
Perhaps an alteration of cadge.