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[buhk-bawrd, -bohrd] /ˈbʌkˌbɔrd, -ˌboʊrd/
a light, four-wheeled carriage in which a long elastic board or lattice frame is used in place of body and springs.
Origin of buckboard
1830-40, Americanism; obsolete buck “body, holder” (see bucket) + board Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Meredith said to Helen, gravely, as he handed her out of the buckboard.

    The Gentleman From Indiana Booth Tarkington
  • I suppose there is nothing for it but get out my buckboard and get back to Three Rivers.

    One Day's Courtship Robert Barr
  • I was keeping abreast of the wagon, in my buckboard, away to the south of it.

    The Law-Breakers Ridgwell Cullum
  • I abandoned the buckboard and cargo, and took to the saddle.

    The Law-Breakers Ridgwell Cullum
  • He doffed his prairie hat as the buckboard drew abreast of him.

    The Night Riders Ridgwell Cullum
  • Then with great deliberation he came close up to the buckboard.

    The Night Riders Ridgwell Cullum
  • And he jumped off of the buckboard with his rifle and sixteen rounds of ammunition.

    When the West Was Young Frederick R. Bechdolt
  • He had borrowed these guns from Minky, the same as he had borrowed the mule and buckboard.

  • He sprang to the ground as Miss Knowles stepped from the buckboard.

    Out of the Depths

    Robert Ames Bennet
  • Isobel untied the saddle horses from the rear of the buckboard.

    Out of the Depths

    Robert Ames Bennet
British Dictionary definitions for buckboard


(US & Canadian) an open four-wheeled horse-drawn carriage with the seat attached to a flexible board between the front and rear axles
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for buckboard

1839, "plank on wheels," from board (n.1) + buck "body of a cart or wagon" (1690s), perhaps representing a dialectal survival of Old English buc "belly, body, trunk"(see bucket). As a type of vehicle constructed this way, from 1874.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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