or rick·sha, rik·i·sha, rik·shaw
Origin of rickshaw
First recorded in 1885–90; by shortening and contraction
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Examples from the Web for rickshaw
The guidebooks tell one story of Delhi: the beautiful Mughal gardens and the city snapped from a rickshaw.Delhi in Crisis: How Corruption Rotted a Great Capital
May 14, 2014
They will be coming to the big cities, looking for jobs that won't be created if India expands at a rickshaw rate of growth.India Slowing Down?
June 2, 2012
Half a minute brought us within fifty yards of the 'rickshaw.
Lastly, the 'rickshaw came, and I got her away—partly by force.
Foh-Kyung did not speak until he put Dong-Yung in the rickshaw.
A rickshaw will ordinarily hold two; you may often see four or five in one.
No Siamese pulls a rickshaw, though he frequently rides in one.
- Also called: jinrikisha a small two-wheeled passenger vehicle drawn by one or two men, used in parts of Asia
- Also called: trishaw a similar vehicle with three wheels, propelled by a man pedalling as on a tricycle
See also autorickshaw
C19: shortened from jinrikisha
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Word Origin and History for rickshaw
1887, shortened form of jinrikisha, popularized by Kipling, from Japanese jin "a man" + riki "power" + sha "carriage."
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