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 rikisha
Didn't I make a deal with you last night to be my rikisha boy today?
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.
He took from under the seat of his rikisha a green bag, such as lawyers in the United States used to carry.
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.
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
- 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 rikisha
1887, shortened form of jinrikisha, popularized by Kipling, from Japanese jin "a man" + riki "power" + sha "carriage."
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