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[won-i-guh n] /ˈwɒn ɪ gən/
a lumberjack's trunk.
a lumber camp's supply chest.
a small house on wheels or tractor treads, used as an office or shelter in temporary lumber camps.
(especially in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest) a lean-to or other small addition built onto a house trailer, cabin, etc.
Also, wangan, wangun
[wang-guh n] /ˈwæŋ gən/ (Show IPA),
Origin of wanigan
1840-50; < Ojibwa wa·nikka·n pit, derivative of wa·nikke·- to dig a hole in the ground < Proto-Algonquian *wa·θehke·- (*wa·θ- hole + *-ehke·- make) Unabridged
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  • In response to the call the rivermen hastily made for shore, and headed for the grassy place near the wannigan.

    The Lumberjack Sky Pilot Thomas D. Whittles
  • One of the clerks said, "I have charge of the wannigan—the first graft of the lumberjack."

    The Lumberjack Sky Pilot Thomas D. Whittles
  • The wannigan is a floating bunkhouse, cookshed and store combined.

    The Lumberjack Sky Pilot Thomas D. Whittles
  • Do the job up right if you have to buy out every wannigan in town.

    The Lumberjack Sky Pilot Thomas D. Whittles
  • In a bend of the river, below the place where the drivers were working, the large flat-boat called the wannigan, was tied.

    The Lumberjack Sky Pilot Thomas D. Whittles
  • Immediately there was a rush for the reading matter and then for the wannigan to buy lanterns by which to read.

    The Lumberjack Sky Pilot Thomas D. Whittles
  • Youre set a record in this camp; no man yet has been able to consume so much time getting a pair of blankets from the wannigan.

    The Snow-Burner Henry Oyen
British Dictionary definitions for wannigan


noun (Canadian)
a lumberjack's chest or box
a cabin, caboose or houseboat
Word Origin
C19: from Algonquian
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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