Also pickaback (for defs 1, 2).

Origin of piggyback

First recorded in 1580–90; alteration of pickaback Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for piggybacking




a ride on the back and shoulders of another person
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


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


of or for a piggybacka piggyback ride; piggyback lorry trains
of or relating to a type of heart transplant in which the transplanted heart functions in conjunction with the patient's own heart

verb (tr)

to give (a person) a piggyback on one's back and shoulders
to transport (one vehicle) on another
(intr often foll by on) to exploit an existing resource, system, or product
(tr) to attach to or mount on (an existing piece of equipment or system)
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Word Origin and History for piggybacking



1823, probably a folk etymology alteration of pick pack (1560s), which perhaps is from pick, a dialectal variant of pitch (v.1). As a verb from 1952.

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