[kahrt-hweel, -weel]


the wheel of a cart.
an acrobatic feat in which a person starts from a standing position, with arms extended, and wheels the body sideways, landing first on the hands and then on the feet and usually repeating this in a series.
Slang. any large coin, especially a U.S. silver dollar.
Slang. an amphetamine tablet.

verb (used without object)

to roll forward end over end: The skier took a sudden spill and cartwheeled down the slope.

Nearby words

  1. cartridge brass,
  2. cartridge clip,
  3. cartridge paper,
  4. cartridge pen,
  5. cartulary,
  6. cartwheel flower,
  7. cartwright,
  8. cartwright, edmund,
  9. cartwright, john,
  10. caruaru

Origin of cartwheel

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at cart, wheel

Related formscart·wheel·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for cartwheel



the wheel of a cart, usually having wooden spokes and metal tyres
an acrobatic movement in which the body makes a sideways revolution supported on the hands with arms and legs outstretched
US slang a large coin, esp the silver dollar
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Word Origin and History for cartwheel



late 14c., "wheel of a cart," from cart (n.) + wheel (n.). Meaning "lateral somersault" is recorded from 1861; as a verb from 1907. Related: Cartwheeled; cartwheeling.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper