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  1. a rack for holding hay for feeding horses or cattle.
  2. a rack or framework mounted on a wagon, for use in carrying hay, straw, or the like.
  3. the wagon and rack together.
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Origin of hayrack

First recorded in 1815–25; hay + rack1
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Examples from the Web for hayrack

Historical Examples of hayrack

  • Ruby turned away, and began pulling at his hayrack in silence.

    At the Back of the North Wind

    George MacDonald

  • They went to dances, hayrack rides, picnics and high jinks together.

    Rootabaga Stories

    Carl Sandburg

  • Behind this was a hayrack, mounted on runners and well filled with hay.

    Janet Hardy in Hollywood

    Ruthe S. Wheeler

  • Skipper noted first that there was no feed-box and no hayrack.

    Horses Nine

    Sewell Ford

  • Before he turned I slid over the mouth of the shaft down into the hayrack of the old brute who had whinnied.

British Dictionary definitions for hayrack


  1. a rack for holding hay for feeding to animals
  2. a rack fixed to a cart or wagon to increase the quantity of hay or straw that it can carry
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