Nearby words

  1. carson, kit,
  2. carson, rachel,
  3. carson, rachel louise,
  4. carstensz,
  5. carstensz, mount,
  6. cart before the horse, put the,
  7. cart horse,
  8. cart off,
  9. cart track,
  10. cart-way


    on the water cart, British. wagon(def 14).
    put the cart before the horse, to do or place things in improper order; be illogical.

Origin of cart

before 900; Middle English cart(e), Old English cræt (by metathesis); cognate with Old Norse kartr cart

Related formscart·a·ble, adjectivecart·er, nounun·cart·ed, adjective

Can be confusedcart carte Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cart

British Dictionary definitions for cart


/ (kɑːt) /


a heavy open vehicle, usually having two wheels and drawn by horses, used in farming and to transport goods
a light open horse-drawn vehicle having two wheels and springs, for business or pleasure
any small vehicle drawn or pushed by hand, such as a trolley
put the cart before the horse to reverse the usual or natural order of things


(usually tr) to use or draw a cart to convey (goods, etc)to cart groceries
(tr) to carry with effort; haulto cart wood home
Derived Formscartable, adjectivecarter, noun

Word Origin for cart

C13: from Old Norse kartr; related to Old English cræt carriage, Old French carete; see car


radio television short for cartridge (def. 4)


abbreviation for

Championship Auto Racing Teams
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Word Origin and History for cart
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with cart


In addition to the idioms beginning with cart

  • cart before the horse, put the
  • cart off

also see:

  • upset the applecart
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