verb (used with object)
Origin of freight
Examples from the Web for freight
Up in the tower, Bucca was joined by Battalion Chief Orio Palmer, who had managed to get a freight elevator to bring him part way.
Toledo is a tough city, a factory town, a freight train junction, a lake steamer port.
The danger is a bigger fire in an under-floor baggage or freight hold.
Charges for freight and passenger travel were enormous in the early days of the road.Prowling about Panama|George A. Miller
He and his companions had broken open a freight car and had brought each a good load.Ralph on the Overland Express|Allen Chapman
Freight was scarce and, had it not been for government shipments, some of the railroads would have been abandoned.The Sequel of Appomattox|Walter Lynwood Fleming
You promised to freight my ship ere I departed, and so you shall; or I mean to load her with your dead carcasses.The Pocahontas-John Smith Story|Pocahontas Wight Edmunds
By this route fifty dollars was saved on every ton of freight from Ottawa to the middle north.The Story of Isaac Brock|Walter R. Nursey
British Dictionary definitions for freight
- commercial transport that is slower and cheaper than express
- the price charged for such transport
- goods transported by this means
- (as modifier)freight transport
Word Origin for freight
Word Origin and History for freight
early 13c., fraght, from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German vracht, vrecht, meaning originally "cost of transport" and probably from a lost Old Frisian word, from Proto-Germanic *fra-aihtiz "absolute possession, property" (cf. Old High German freht "earnings"), from *fra-, intensive prefix, + *aik "to be master of, possess," from PIE *aik- (see owe). Meaning "transporting of goods or passengers for money" is from late 14c. Danish fragt, Swedish frakt apparently also are from Frisian. As a verb, from late 14c.