a frame with handles at each end by which it is carried.
a handcart.

Origin of handbarrow

First recorded in 1400–50, handbarrow is from the late Middle English word handberwe. See hand, barrow1
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Examples from the Web for handbarrow

Historical Examples of handbarrow

  • He went out, took his handbarrow and wheeled it rapidly away.

  • Daggett was brought over to the house, on a handbarrow, for the second time, and made as comfortable as circumstances would allow.

    The Sea Lions

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • The communication trench we found to be one of the widest we had ever seen; a handbarrow could have been wheeled along the floor.

    The Red Horizon

    Patrick MacGill

  • Potter and Injun Joe were carrying a handbarrow with a rope and a couple of shovels on it.

    The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Complete

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

  • The trophy is then replaced on the handbarrow with the gardener, who has to hold it upright, and prevent any accident.

British Dictionary definitions for handbarrow



a flat tray for transporting loads, usually carried by two men
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