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Lorrie

[lawr-ee]
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noun
  1. a female given name, form of Laura.
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lorry

[lawr-ee, lor-ee]
noun, plural lor·ries.
  1. Chiefly British. a motor truck, especially a large one.
  2. any of various conveyances running on rails, as for transporting material in a mine or factory.
  3. a long, low, horse-drawn wagon without sides.
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Origin of lorry

First recorded in 1830–40; akin to dial. lurry to pull, drag, lug
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Related Words

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Examples from the Web for lorries

Historical Examples

  • Before alarming them I want to examine the contents of a few of the lorries.

    The Pit Prop Syndicate

    Freeman Wills Crofts

  • All the lorries in question had been in charge of a driver called Charles Fox.

    The Pit Prop Syndicate

    Freeman Wills Crofts

  • Second, they think it is the lorries because the drivers change the numbers.

    The Pit Prop Syndicate

    Freeman Wills Crofts

  • Of the five lorries, two were loaded with firewood and three empty.

    The Pit Prop Syndicate

    Freeman Wills Crofts

  • The drivers of lorries and cars should be trained in map-reading.


British Dictionary definitions for lorries

lorry

noun plural -ries
  1. a large motor vehicle designed to carry heavy loads, esp one with a flat platformUS and Canadian name: truck See also articulated vehicle
  2. off the back of a lorry British informal a phrase used humorously to imply that something has been dishonestly acquiredit fell off the back of a lorry
  3. any of various vehicles with a flat load-carrying surface, esp one designed to run on rails
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Word Origin

C19: perhaps related to northern English dialect lurry to pull, tug
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Word Origin and History for lorries

lorry

n.

"a truck; a long, flat wagon," 1838, British railroad word, probably from verb lurry "to pull, tug" (1570s), of uncertain origin. Meaning "large motor vehicle for carrying goods" is first attested 1911.

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