Definition of powder monkey in English:

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powder monkey


1 historical A boy employed on a sailing warship to carry powder to the guns.
Example sentences
  • 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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