Definition of kedge in English:

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Pronunciation: /kɛdʒ/


(With reference to a boat) move or be moved by hauling in a hawser attached at a distance to a small anchor: [with object]: I kedged the dinghy to the port [no object]: most of the smaller boats had to kedge for a while
More example sentences
  • As at Goshen, these craft, because of the narrowness of the creek, had to be launched sideways, and then were often kedged down the creek to the bay.
  • Once we kedged our way off a mud bar on the Mystic River, the silty anchor tossed again and again till our boat glided free.
  • In beautiful sunshine and beautiful surroundings we kedged ourselves off and managed to catch the last lock of the day into the swamp.


(also kedge anchor) A small anchor used for kedging.
Example sentences
  • The stern is marked by a small kedge anchor.
  • So, equipped with kedge anchors and cable, and adorned in their skin-tight diving gear, they set off.
  • The crew had run out the kedge anchor to move the vessel ahead when breaking seas interfered.


Late 15th century: perhaps a specific use of dialect cadge 'bind, tie'.

Words that rhyme with kedge

allege, dredge, edge, fledge, hedge, ledge, pledge, reg, sedge, sledge, veg, wedge
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