verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of cart
cart away or cart out
Word Origin for cart
"to carry in a cart," late 14c., from cart (n.). Related: Carted; carting.
c.1200, from Old Norse kartr or a similar Scandinavian source, akin to and replacing Old English cræt "cart, wagon, chariot," perhaps originally "body of a cart made of wickerwork, hamper" and related to Middle Dutch cratte "woven mat, hamper," Dutch krat "basket," Old English cradol (see cradle (n.)). To put the cart before the horse in a figurative sense is from 1510s in those words; the image in other words dates to mid-14c.
Also, cart away. Transport or remove in an unceremonious way, as in The police carted them all off to jail, or We'll call the town to cart away this trash. This term owes its meaning to cart, a humble conveyance compared to a carriage. [Second half of 1800s]
In addition to the idioms beginning with cart
- cart before the horse, put the
- cart off
- upset the applecart