- 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.
- a sled.
- British. a sleigh.
- to convey or travel by sledge.
- British. to sleigh.
Origin of sledge1
Origin of sledge2
before 1000; Middle English slegge, Old English slecg; cognate with Dutch slegge, Old Norse sleggja; akin to slay
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The well-fed and well-rested dogs were harnessed to the sledge.
They pushed the sledge themselves, for the dogs could no longer draw it.
The sledge was the principal thing, as it needed thorough repair.
The sledge must be loaded with the provisions at once, and as much wood as possible.
The dogs were speedily harnessed to the sledge, and the march resumed.
esp US and Canadian sled (slɛd)
- Also called: sleigh a vehicle mounted on runners, drawn by horses or dogs, for transporting people or goods, esp over snow
- a light wooden frame used, esp by children, for sliding over snow; toboggan
- NZ a farm vehicle mounted on runners, for use on rough or muddy ground
- to convey, travel, or go by sledge
C17: from Middle Dutch sleedse; C14 sled, from Middle Low German, from Old Norse slethi, related to slide
- short for sledgehammer
- (tr) to bait (an opponent, esp a batsman in cricket) in order to upset his concentration
- an insult aimed at another player during a game of cricket
of uncertain origin; perhaps from sledgehammer
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Word Origin and History for sledge
"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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