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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. 2017.
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  • All the roads round here were full of troops on the move, and of lines and lines of lorries either coming or going.

    Q.6.a and Other places Francis Buckley
  • All the lorries in question had been in charge of a driver called Charles Fox.

    The Pit Prop Syndicate Freeman Wills Crofts
  • I circled around clockwise, dodging over, under and around the skids and lorries hauling wax out of danger.

    Four-Day Planet Henry Beam Piper
  • The drivers of lorries and cars should be trained in map-reading.

    The War in the Air; Vol. 1 Walter Raleigh.
  • His leading team reached the three lorries while the first French motor-waggon was still thirty yards away.

    Pushed and the Return Push George Herbert Fosdike Nichols, (AKA Quex)
  • The roads are now packed with lorries and cars through which we can hardly pass.

    'Green Balls' Paul Bewsher
  • In six months I'll have those chimneys up, and me lorries runnin' round ye.

  • The road was crowded with men, lorries, ambulances, transports and motorcycles.

    The Great War As I Saw It Frederick George Scott
  • The deepway side drains, in which our lorries used to play at submarines, now harbour nothing more exciting than tadpoles.

  • The promised lorries were waiting for us—three lorries for eighty men.

    Combed Out Fritz August Voigt
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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