[ boks-kahr ]

  1. Railroads. a completely enclosed freight car.

  2. boxcars, a pair of sixes on the first throw of the dice in the game of craps.

  1. Informal. extremely or disproportionately large: The business had boxcar profits during its first year.

Origin of boxcar

An Americanism dating back to 1855–60; box1 + car1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use boxcar in a sentence

  • One day all of us who were able to walk were made to fall in and march over to the railroad, where we were loaded into boxcars.

British Dictionary definitions for boxcar


/ (ˈbɒksˌkɑː) /

  1. US and Canadian a closed railway freight van

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