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[buhk-bawrd, -bohrd]
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  1. a light, four-wheeled carriage in which a long elastic board or lattice frame is used in place of body and springs.
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Origin of buckboard

1830–40, Americanism; obsolete buck “body, holder” (see bucket) + board
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Related Words for buckboard

caravan, carriage, van, car, cart, chariot, lorry, coach, buggy, dray, caisson, wain, buckboard, pushcart, tram, schooner, camion, tumbril, barouche, fourgon

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Historical Examples of buckboard

  • Meredith said to Helen, gravely, as he handed her out of the buckboard.

    The Gentleman From Indiana

    Booth Tarkington

  • I suppose there is nothing for it but get out my buckboard and get back to Three Rivers.

  • I was keeping abreast of the wagon, in my buckboard, away to the south of it.

    The Law-Breakers

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • I abandoned the buckboard and cargo, and took to the saddle.

    The Law-Breakers

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • He doffed his prairie hat as the buckboard drew abreast of him.

    The Night Riders

    Ridgwell Cullum

British Dictionary definitions for buckboard


  1. US and Canadian an open four-wheeled horse-drawn carriage with the seat attached to a flexible board between the front and rear axles
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Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for buckboard


1839, "plank on wheels," from board (n.1) + buck "body of a cart or wagon" (1690s), perhaps representing a dialectal survival of Old English buc "belly, body, trunk"(see bucket). As a type of vehicle constructed this way, from 1874.

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