dray

[ drey ]
/ dreɪ /

noun

a low, strong cart without fixed sides, for carrying heavy loads.
a sledge or sled.
any vehicle, as a truck, used to haul goods, especially one used to carry heavy loads.

verb (used with object)

to convey on a dray.

verb (used without object)

to drive or operate a dray, especially as an occupation.
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 (1 of 2)

dray1
/ (dreɪ) /

noun

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

Word Origin for dray

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

British Dictionary definitions for dray (2 of 2)

dray2
/ (dreɪ) /

noun

a variant spelling of drey
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