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[gang-plangk] /ˈgæŋˌplæŋk/
a flat plank or small, movable, bridgelike structure for use by persons boarding or leaving a ship at a pier.
Also called brow, gangway.
Origin of gangplank
1840-50, Americanism; gang1 + plank Unabridged
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Examples from the web for gangplank
  • Dad met us at the gangplank and guided us through the swarms of hawkers and children begging for coins with outstretched hands.
  • He nudges these officers or taps them on the back when they are mounting a gangplank.
  • The gangplank grumbles, creaks, and is slowly lowered.
  • It's a way of turning a possible gangplank into a teeter-totter.
  • When he gets in the middle of the gangplank he falls down pack and all.
  • As the miners made their way down the gangplank, they hired spectators to help unload their gold.
British Dictionary definitions for gangplank


(nautical) a portable bridge for boarding and leaving a vessel at dockside
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Word Origin and History for gangplank

1846, American English, from gang + plank. Replacing earlier gang-board.

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