[ kahrt-hweel, -weel ]
/ ˈkɑrtˌʰwil, -ˌwil /


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.

Origin of cartwheel

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

Related forms

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

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British Dictionary definitions for cartwheel


/ (ˈkɑːtˌwiːl) /


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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