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[sled] /slɛd/
a small vehicle consisting of a platform mounted on runners for use in traveling over snow or ice.
a sledge.
verb (used without object), sledded, sledding.
to coast, ride, or be carried on a sled.
verb (used with object), sledded, sledding.
to convey by sled.
Origin of sled
1350-1400; Middle English sledde < Middle Dutch; akin to German Schlitten sled, sleigh1; cf. slide
Related forms
sledlike, adjective
Can be confused
sled, sledge, sleigh. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Why, I had dragged her to school on a sled when she was a child.

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  • But they saw, up the trail, and not down, two men running with sled and dogs.

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  • On the sled, securely lashed, was a long and narrow oblong box.

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  • A gloomy breakfast was eaten, and the four remaining dogs were harnessed to the sled.

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  • The dogs had lain down in the snow, and he walked past them to join his partner in the sled.

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Word Origin and History for sled

early 14c., "a dragged vehicle used for transport of heavy goods," from Middle Dutch sledde "sled," from Proto-Germanic *slid- (cf. Old Saxon slido, Old Norse sleði, Danish slæde, Swedish släde, Old High German slito, German Schlitten "sledge"), from the same root as Old English slidan (see slide (v.)). Not found in Old English. In reference to a sleigh used for travel or recreation, it is attested from 1580s, now mainly American English.


"transport on a sled," 1718; "ride on a sled," 1780, from sled (n.). Related: Sledded; sledding.

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