View synonyms for piggyback


[ pig-ee-bak ]


  1. on the back or shoulders:

    The little girl rode her father piggyback.


  1. astride the back or shoulders:

    a piggyback ride.

  2. sharing commercial time, space, etc.:

    piggyback advertising.

  3. carryable or attachable:

    a piggyback turbine unit.

  4. added or tacked on; supplementary:

    a piggyback clause.

  5. noting or pertaining to the carrying of one vehicle or the like by another, as the carrying of loaded truck trailers on flatcars.

verb (used with object)

  1. to attach or ally to as or as if a part of the same thing:

    to piggyback human rights agreements with foreign aid.

  2. to carry (somebody) on the back or shoulders.
  3. to carry (truck trailers) by railroad on flatcars.
  4. Radio and Television Slang. to advertise (two or more products) in the same commercial.

verb (used without object)

  1. to be transported aboard or atop another carrier:

    The space shuttle piggybacked on the airplane.

  2. to use, appropriate, or exploit the availability, services, or facilities of another:

    private clinics piggybacking on federal healthcare facilities.

  3. to carry truck trailers by railroad on flatcars.


  1. a house trailer designed to fit over a pickup truck.
  2. a truck trailer carried on a flatcar.
  3. anything that operates in connection with or as part of another.


/ ˈpɪɡɪˌbæk /


  1. a ride on the back and shoulders of another person
  2. a system whereby a vehicle, aircraft, etc, is transported for part of its journey on another vehicle, such as a flat railway wagon, another aircraft, etc


  1. on the back and shoulders of another person
  2. on or as an addition to something else


  1. of or for a piggyback

    a piggyback ride

    piggyback lorry trains

  2. of or relating to a type of heart transplant in which the transplanted heart functions in conjunction with the patient's own heart


  1. to give (a person) a piggyback on one's back and shoulders
  2. to transport (one vehicle) on another
  3. introften foll byon to exploit an existing resource, system, or product
  4. tr to attach to or mount on (an existing piece of equipment or system)

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Word History and Origins

Origin of piggyback1

First recorded in 1580–90; alteration of pickaback

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Example Sentences

We piggybacked off of that to create a communication channel to the sick, to help them get better faster.

From there, it wasn’t long before other users were piggybacking on the trend by duetting the whaling tune alongside Evans or debuting sea shanty performances of their own.

From Time

Which is all well and good for today, but Ferguson is impressed with where else robots, piggybacked on our digital infrastructure, can make a difference.

From Ozy

The four companies all have rides booked on future commercial lunar lander missions, and the agency is using this as a demonstration of what kinds of efficiencies it can realize by piggybacking on private industry for serving its needs.

I needed the stick to test whether my next step would be thigh-deep or merely ankle-deep, and to double-check my balance while piggybacking my kids across fast-flowing creeks.

Apparently, goats in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, can ride humans piggyback.

These trends piggyback on international drug market dynamics.

Pray would ultimately come to believe Tareq was trying to “piggyback” off her Bravo show to get himself noticed.

But the Piggyback Bandit keeps making bail and keeps finding new ways to commit his “crimes.”

That led deputies to Tessier, who lived about a block away from where “Johnny” first offered the girls a piggyback ride.

Debra used to send me out to give the children piggyback rides, just to keep our Whuffie up while she was evicting the squatters.

They galloped the doughboys up and down the village streets in furious piggyback charges.

Piggyback Service economies - These are economies, which provide predator economies with services.

Anketam, you could carry me piggyback, while Blejjo goes over to fetch my pole.





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