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.
2. A powerboat reserved for the use of an admiral.
v. barged, barg·ing, barg·es
To carry by barge.
1. To move about clumsily.
2. To intrude or interrupt, especially rudely: barged into the meeting.
[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin barca, boat; see BARK3.]
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