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rickshaw

or rick·sha, rik·i·sha, rik·shaw

[rik-shaw, -shah]
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noun
  1. jinrikisha.

Origin of rickshaw

First recorded in 1885–90; by shortening and contraction
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Examples from the Web for rikisha

Historical Examples

  • Didn't I make a deal with you last night to be my rikisha boy today?

    A Yankee in the Far East

    George Hoyt Allen

  • The charge is only two and one-half cents for a ride, but it costs ten cents for a rikisha boy to take you to the car.

    A Yankee in the Far East

    George Hoyt Allen

  • He took from under the seat of his rikisha a green bag, such as lawyers in the United States used to carry.

    A Yankee in the Far East

    George Hoyt Allen

  • Say "man, man" to your rikisha coolie when you leave him and you'll find him right there waiting for you when you come back.

    A Yankee in the Far East

    George Hoyt Allen

  • The 'rikisha was invented by a Methodist missionary some thirty years ago and at once sprang into popularity.

    The Old World and Its Ways

    William Jennings Bryan


British Dictionary definitions for rikisha

rickshaw

ricksha (ˈrɪkʃə)

noun
  1. Also called: jinrikisha a small two-wheeled passenger vehicle drawn by one or two men, used in parts of Asia
  2. Also called: trishaw a similar vehicle with three wheels, propelled by a man pedalling as on a tricycle
See also autorickshaw

Word Origin

C19: shortened from jinrikisha
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for rikisha

rickshaw

n.

1887, shortened form of jinrikisha, popularized by Kipling, from Japanese jin "a man" + riki "power" + sha "carriage."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper