A bellhop transporting a guest's luggage.
- An example of portage is bringing suitcases up to the hotel room.
- An example of portage is taking a canoe out of the river right before the rapids and carrying it down the side of the river and then replacing the canoe into the river after the rapids.
- the act of carrying or transporting
- the charge for this
- a carrying of boats and supplies overland from one lake or river to another, as during a canoe trip
- any route over which this is done
Origin of portageMiddle English from Middle French from Medieval Latin portaticum from Classical Latin portare, to carry: see fare
intransitive verb-·taged, -·tag·ing
- a. The act or an instance of carrying.b. A charge for carrying.
- Nautical a. The carrying of boats and supplies overland between two waterways or around an obstacle to navigation.b. A track or route used for such carrying.
tr. & intr.v.port·aged, port·ag·ing, port·ag·es Nautical
Origin of portageMiddle English from Old French from porter to carry from Latin portāre ; see per-2 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present portages, present participle portaging, simple past and past participle portaged)
- (nautical) To carry a boat overland