1A boy employed on a sailing warship to carry powder to the guns.
- But Gaston, despite this, had never known true hunger, because from the day he learnt to walk, had been employed upon a ship as a powder monkey, and his father as an able seaman.
- Britain is at war with France, and being a powder monkey is one of the most dangerous jobs - Sam's predecessor was blown to smithereens.
- But several captains wrote to support the women, whom they said had been seamstresses, medical assistants and even powder monkeys.
1.1North American informal A person who works with explosives.
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Syllabification: pow·der mon·key
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