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[lawr-ee] /ˈlɔr i/
a female given name, form of Laura.


[lawr-ee, lor-ee] /ˈlɔr i, ˈlɒr i/
noun, plural lorries.
Chiefly British. a motor truck, especially a large one.
any of various conveyances running on rails, as for transporting material in a mine or factory.
a long, low, horse-drawn wagon without sides.
Origin of lorry
First recorded in 1830-40; akin to dial. lurry to pull, drag, lug Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for lorries
Historical Examples
  • Before alarming them I want to examine the contents of a few of the lorries.

    The Pit Prop Syndicate Freeman Wills Crofts
  • All the lorries in question had been in charge of a driver called Charles Fox.

    The Pit Prop Syndicate Freeman Wills Crofts
  • Second, they think it is the lorries because the drivers change the numbers.

    The Pit Prop Syndicate Freeman Wills Crofts
  • Of the five lorries, two were loaded with firewood and three empty.

    The Pit Prop Syndicate Freeman Wills Crofts
  • The drivers of lorries and cars should be trained in map-reading.

    The War in the Air; Vol. 1 Walter Raleigh.
  • If there is no room on the lorries for any article of vertu, it goes on the tank.

    A Company of Tanks W. H. L. Watson
  • lorries and limbered waggons can carry up supplies after the battle.

    A Company of Tanks W. H. L. Watson
  • It was said that five lorries were ordered, but only three were sent.

  • The lorries were to take away again everything they had just brought up.

    General Bramble Andr Maurois
  • The roads are now packed with lorries and cars through which we can hardly pass.

    'Green Balls' Paul Bewsher
British Dictionary definitions for lorries


noun (pl) -ries
a large motor vehicle designed to carry heavy loads, esp one with a flat platform US and Canadian name truck See also articulated vehicle
(Brit, informal) off the back of a lorry, a phrase used humorously to imply that something has been dishonestly acquired: it fell off the back of a lorry
any of various vehicles with a flat load-carrying surface, esp one designed to run on rails
Word Origin
C19: perhaps related to northern English dialect lurry to pull, tug
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Word Origin and History for lorries



"a truck; a long, flat wagon," 1838, British railroad word, probably from verb lurry "to pull, tug" (1570s), of uncertain origin. Meaning "large motor vehicle for carrying goods" is first attested 1911.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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