- any of various kinds of four-wheeled vehicles designed to be pulled or having its own motor and ranging from a child's toy to a commercial vehicle for the transport of heavy loads, delivery, etc.
- Informal. station wagon.
- a police van for transporting prisoners; patrol wagon: The fight broke up before the wagon arrived.
- (initial capital letter) Astronomy. Charles's Wain.
- British. a railway freight car or flatcar.
- a baby carriage.
- Archaic. a chariot.
- to transport or convey by wagon.
- to proceed or haul goods by wagon: It was strenuous to wagon up the hill.Also especially British, waggon.
- circle the wagons. circle(def 23).
- fix someone's wagon, Slang. to get even with or punish someone: He'd better mind his own business or I'll really fix his wagon.
- hitch one's wagon to a star, to have a high ambition, ideal, or purpose: It is better to hitch one's wagon to a star than to wander aimlessly through life.
- off the/one's wagon, Slang.
- again drinking alcoholic beverages after a period of abstinence: His failure to show up at work is one more sign that he’s fallen off the wagon again.
- returning to an unhealthy or bad habit: I’m usually on a diet, but sometimes I go off my wagon.
- on the wagon, Slang. abstaining from a current or former bad habit, as smoking, overeating, excessive drinking of alcoholic beverages, or taking drugs: She's been on the wagon for a month, now, so please don't offer her a drink.Also on the water wagon; British, on the water cart.
Origin of wagon
SynonymsSee more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for wagon
The base resembled a wagon circle of armored vehicles with some razor wire strung around them.We Lost Soldiers in the Hunt for Bergdahl, a Guy Who Walked Off in the Dead of Night
Nathan Bradley Bethea
June 2, 2014
After a week passed in which Lohan ignores Johnson, the star confessed to “screwing up” and falling off the wagon.Lindsay Lohan Reveals Miscarriage: The Most Shocking Moments From 'Lindsay'
April 21, 2014
Even those young evangelicals who still have qualms about gay marriage can find friends outside the wagon circling.World Vision’s Gay Compromise
March 26, 2014
More than anything, party elites want to hitch their wagon to someone who can win, and someone they can trust.This is How Bridgegate Hurts Chris Christie
January 9, 2014
“Early on, back when [de Blasio] was just on the school board, we saw him as someone we could hitch our wagon to,” Cantor said.Bill de Blasio Mayoral Win Signals Working Families Party Ascendancy
November 5, 2013
The horses were hitched to the wagon, which still contained the tent and fittings.In the Midst of Alarms
"You are housed but just in time, my young friends," said the master of the wagon.The Seven Vagabonds (From "Twice Told Tales")
"I shall say just how it all happened, that we quarreled, and upset the wagon," said Sami calmly.
Sami's bundle was thrown into the wagon and the boy seated on it.
Si sed: "Yas; counted 'em on the wagon, counted 'em off agin, and counted 'em when I made 'em."Uncles Josh's Punkin Centre Stories
- any of various types of wheeled vehicles, ranging from carts to lorries, esp a vehicle with four wheels drawn by a horse, tractor, etc, and used for carrying crops, heavy loads, etc
- British a railway freight truck, esp an open one
- US and Canadian a child's four-wheeled cart
- US and Canadian a police van for transporting prisoners and those arrested
- mainly US and Canadian See station wagon
- an obsolete word for chariot
- off the wagon informal no longer abstaining from alcoholic drinks
- on the wagon informal abstaining from alcoholic drinks
- (tr) to transport by wagon
- the Wagon another name for the Plough
Word Origin and History for wagon
1520s, from Middle Dutch wagen, waghen, from Proto-Germanic *wagnaz (cf. Old English wægn, Modern English wain, Old Saxon and Old High German wagan, Old Norse vagn, Old Frisian wein, German Wagen), from PIE *woghnos, from *wegh- "to carry, to move" (cf. Sanskrit vahanam "vessel, ship," Greek okhos, Latin vehiculum, Old Church Slavonic vozu "carriage, chariot," Russian povozka, Lithuanian vazis "a small sledge," Old Irish fen, Welsh gwain "carriage, cart;" see weigh).
In Dutch and German, the general word for "a wheel vehicle;" English use is a result of contact through Flemish immigration, Dutch trade, or the Continental wars. It has largely displaced the native cognate, wain. Spelling preference varied randomly between -g- and -gg- from mid-18c., before American English settled on the etymological wagon, while waggon remained common in Great Britain. Wagon train is attested from 1810. Phrase on the wagon "abstaining from alcohol" is 1904, originally on the water cart.