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[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
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  • "Ex-officer," thought Merriman as his gaze passed on to the lorry behind.

    The Pit Prop Syndicate Freeman Wills Crofts
  • Mr. lorry came silently forward, leaving the daughter by the door.

    A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
  • And so it was that lorry chafed and writhed through a long day of suspense and agony.

    Graustark George Barr McCutcheon
  • Were you travelling alone, Mr. lorry, or with any companion?

    A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
  • A lorry lettered Storisende Herald-Guardian came in, hovered over the canyon, and began transmitting audiovisuals.

    The Cosmic Computer Henry Beam Piper
  • Mr. lorry was already calling at the door when he got there.

    A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
  • It attracted Mr. lorry's eyes to Carton's face, which was turned to the fire.

    A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
  • He now stepped up to where Mr. lorry and Mr. Darnay stood upon the pavement.

    A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
British Dictionary definitions for lorry


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 lorry

"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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