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dray

[drey]
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noun
  1. a low, strong cart without fixed sides, for carrying heavy loads.
  2. a sledge or sled.
  3. any vehicle, as a truck, used to haul goods, especially one used to carry heavy loads.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to convey on a dray.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to drive or operate a dray, especially as an occupation.
  2. to convey goods by dray, especially locally or for short distances.
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Origin of dray

1325–75; Middle English draye sledge; compare Old English draeg- (in drægnet dragnet), akin to dragan to draw
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British Dictionary definitions for dray

dray1

noun
    1. a low cart without fixed sides, used for carrying heavy loads
    2. (in combination)a drayman
  1. any other vehicle or sledge used to carry a heavy load
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Word Origin

Old English dræge dragnet; related to Old Norse draga load of timber carried on horseback and trailing on the ground; see draw

dray2

noun
  1. a variant spelling of drey
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Word Origin and History for dray

n.

mid-14c., Middle English noun derivative of Old English dragan "to draw," originally meaning a cart without wheels that has to be "dragged" (cf. Old Norse draga "timber dragged behind a horse"); see drag (v.).

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