- a female given name, form of Laura.
- 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
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Examples from the Web for lorries
Of the five lorries, two were loaded with firewood and three empty.
Second, they think it is the lorries because the drivers change the numbers.
Before alarming them I want to examine the contents of a few of the lorries.
All the lorries in question had been in charge of a driver called Charles Fox.
The drivers of lorries and cars should be trained in map-reading.The War in the Air; Vol. 1
- a large motor vehicle designed to carry heavy loads, esp one with a flat platformUS and Canadian name: truck See also articulated vehicle
- off the back of a lorry British informal a phrase used humorously to imply that something has been dishonestly acquiredit fell off the back of a lorry
- any of various vehicles with a flat load-carrying surface, esp one designed to run on rails
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.
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