- Historical a boy who carried powder from the magazine to the guns aboard a man-of-war
- a person who works with explosives, as in oil fields
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(plural powder monkeys)
- (informal) An explosives expert. A person who sets explosives.
- (nautical) The persons employed to carry gun powder from the ship's magazine to the gun deck during a battle; in the 18th century Royal British and U. S. Navies, this task (also carrying water) during battles became a permanent nickname for the ship's cabin boys and apprentice seamen.
- (skiing, snowboarding, informal) A skier or snowboarder who avidly seeks out the “powder" (light, dry, fluffy snow).