powder monkey

Definitions

  • The Powder Monkey
    The Powder Monkey
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n powder monkey someone who carries explosives (as from the magazine to the guns on board a warship)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Powder monkey (Naut) a boy formerly employed on war vessels to carry powder; a powder boy.
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Usage

In literature:

Silas Staveley, smite me that boy over the head, the young monkey; why is he not down at the powder-room door?
"Westward Ho!" by Charles Kingsley
He did not belong to my gun, being a "powder monkey" on No.
"A Gunner Aboard the "Yankee"" by Russell Doubleday
She winna let the powder-monkey of a boy help her.
"St. Ronan's Well" by Sir Walter Scott
Oh yes, numbers of Swedes and Italians were in a desperate way monkeying with powder.
"The Best Short Stories of 1917" by Various
I want to tell you that you're going to be powder monkey aboard Admiral Lord Nelson's ship.
"The Powder Monkey" by George Manville Fenn
I was still, you will understand, only a powder-monkey.
"Dick Cheveley" by W. H. G. Kingston
Tim Fid acted the part of powder-monkey; while he and Hartland had charge of one gun, and Mr Nott, helped by Paul, worked the other.
"True Blue" by W.H.G. Kingston
Gillie, you powder-monkey, where are my shoes?
"Rivers of Ice" by R.M. Ballantyne
Now he would lend a hand at training some gun, now pull at a rope, or help a lagging powder-monkey on his way.
"The Naval History of the United States" by Willis J. Abbot
So I put him down again, and there was his little lordship as busy as any powder-monkey, handing up the powder to the gunners.
"A Voyage round the World" by W.H.G. Kingston
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In poetry:

A Theory, by scientists defended,
Declares that we from monkeys are descended.
This being thus, we therefore clearly see
The Powder-Monkey heads some pedigree.
Ah, yes,--from him descend by evolution,
The Dames and Daughters of the Revolution.
"A Phenomenal Fauna" by Carolyn Wells

In news:

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