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sledge1

[slej] /slɛdʒ/
noun
1.
a vehicle of various forms, mounted on runners and often drawn by draft animals, used for traveling or for conveying loads over snow, ice, rough ground, etc.
2.
a sled.
3.
British. a sleigh.
verb (used with or without object), sledged, sledging.
4.
to convey or travel by sledge.
verb (used without object), sledged, sledging.
5.
British. to sleigh.
Origin of sledge1
dialectal Dutch
1595-1605
1595-1605; < dialectal Dutch sleeds, derivative of slede sled; cf. sleigh1
Can be confused
sled, sledge, sleigh.

sledge2

[slej] /slɛdʒ/
noun, verb (used with or without object), sledged, sledging.
1.
sledgehammer (defs 1, 2).
Origin
before 1000; Middle English slegge, Old English slecg; cognate with Dutch slegge, Old Norse sleggja; akin to slay
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  • It was the hometrail, provisions were in plenty, the sledge was light and our hearts lighter.

    The Home of the Blizzard Douglas Mawson
  • The squirrel did as he was asked, and the sledge moved slowly along.

  • For a second sledge Hume's great frame filled the doorway as he paused, looking in sharply, drawing at his gauntlets.

    The Short Cut Jackson Gregory
  • The Man then got into his sledge and went back to his place in the Moon.

    A Treasury of Eskimo Tales Clara Kern Bayliss
  • Alyoshka suddenly jumped out of the sledge and, loudly weeping, ran to his grandfather.

  • He saw his father's sledge overturned, with his mother and sisters.

    My Antonia Willa Cather
  • A few seconds more, and his sledge and thirteen dogs would never have seen the light of day again.

  • Pavel knocked him over the side of the sledge and threw the girl after him.

    My Antonia Willa Cather
British Dictionary definitions for sledge

sledge1

/slɛdʒ/
noun
1.
Also called sleigh. a vehicle mounted on runners, drawn by horses or dogs, for transporting people or goods, esp over snow
2.
a light wooden frame used, esp by children, for sliding over snow; toboggan
3.
(NZ) a farm vehicle mounted on runners, for use on rough or muddy ground
verb
4.
to convey, travel, or go by sledge
Derived Forms
sledger, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Middle Dutch sleedse; C14 sled, from Middle Low German, from Old Norse slethi, related to slide

sledge2

/slɛdʒ/
noun
1.
short for sledgehammer

sledge3

/slɛdʒ/
verb
1.
(transitive) to bait (an opponent, esp a batsman in cricket) in order to upset his concentration
noun
2.
an insult aimed at another player during a game of cricket
Word Origin
of uncertain origin; perhaps from sledgehammer
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Word Origin and History for sledge
n.

"heavy hammer," Old English slecg "hammer, mallet," from Proto-Germanic *slagjo- (cf. Old Norse sleggja, Middle Swedish sleggia "sledgehammer"), related to slege "beating, blow, stroke" and slean "to strike" (see slay (v.)). Sledgehammer is pleonastic.

"sleigh," 1610s, from dialectal Dutch sleedse, variant of slede (see sled (n.)); said by OED to be perhaps of Frisian origin.

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