wagon

[ wag-uhn ]
/ ˈwæg ən /

noun

verb (used with object)

to transport or convey by wagon.

verb (used without object)

to proceed or haul goods by wagon: It was strenuous to wagon up the hill.Also especially British, waggon.

Idioms

Origin of wagon

1505–15; < Dutch wagen; cognate with Old English wægn wain
Related formswag·on·less, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for on the wagon (1 of 2)

Wagon

Waggon

/ (ˈwæɡən) /

noun

the Wagon another name for the Plough

British Dictionary definitions for on the wagon (2 of 2)

wagon

waggon

/ (ˈwæɡən) /

noun

verb

(tr) to transport by wagon
Derived Formswagonless or waggonless, adjective

Word Origin for wagon

C16: from Dutch wagen wain
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Word Origin and History for on the wagon

wagon


n.

1520s, from Middle Dutch wagen, waghen, from Proto-Germanic *wagnaz (cf. Old English wægn, Modern English wain, Old Saxon and Old High German wagan, Old Norse vagn, Old Frisian wein, German Wagen), from PIE *woghnos, from *wegh- "to carry, to move" (cf. Sanskrit vahanam "vessel, ship," Greek okhos, Latin vehiculum, Old Church Slavonic vozu "carriage, chariot," Russian povozka, Lithuanian vazis "a small sledge," Old Irish fen, Welsh gwain "carriage, cart;" see weigh).

In Dutch and German, the general word for "a wheel vehicle;" English use is a result of contact through Flemish immigration, Dutch trade, or the Continental wars. It has largely displaced the native cognate, wain. Spelling preference varied randomly between -g- and -gg- from mid-18c., before American English settled on the etymological wagon, while waggon remained common in Great Britain. Wagon train is attested from 1810. Phrase on the wagon "abstaining from alcohol" is 1904, originally on the water cart.

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Idioms and Phrases with on the wagon (1 of 2)

on the wagon


Abstaining from drinking alcoholic beverages, as in Don't offer her wine; she's on the wagon. This expression is a shortening of on the water wagon, referring to the horse-drawn water car once used to spray dirt roads to keep down the dust. Its present meaning dates from about 1900. The antonym off the wagon, used for a resumption of drinking, dates from the same period. B.J. Taylor used it in Extra Dry (1906): “It is better to have been on and off the wagon than never to have been on at all.”

Idioms and Phrases with on the wagon (2 of 2)

wagon


see fix someone's wagon; hitch one's wagon; on the bandwagon; on the wagon.

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