[ kahrt ]
/ kɑrt /
a heavy two-wheeled vehicle, commonly without springs, drawn by mules, oxen, or the like, used for the conveyance of heavy goods.
a light two-wheeled vehicle with springs, drawn by a horse or pony.
any small vehicle pushed or pulled by hand.
Obsolete. a chariot.
verb (used with object)
to haul or convey in or as if in a cart or truck: to cart garbage to the dump.
verb (used without object)
to drive a cart.
cart off/away, to transport or take away in an unceremonious manner: The police came and carted him off to jail.
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Idioms for cart
on the water cart, British. wagon(def 14).
put the cart before the horse, to do or place things in improper order; be illogical.
Origin of cart
before 900; Middle English cart(e), Old English cræt (by metathesis); cognate with Old Norse kartr cart
OTHER WORDS FROM cartcart·a·ble, adjectivecart·er, nounun·cart·ed, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH cartcart carte
Words nearby cart
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British Dictionary definitions for put the cart before the horse (1 of 3)
/ (kɑːt) /
a heavy open vehicle, usually having two wheels and drawn by horses, used in farming and to transport goods
a light open horse-drawn vehicle having two wheels and springs, for business or pleasure
any small vehicle drawn or pushed by hand, such as a trolley
put the cart before the horse to reverse the usual or natural order of things
(usually tr) to use or draw a cart to convey (goods, etc)to cart groceries
(tr) to carry with effort; haulto cart wood home
Derived forms of cartcartable, adjectivecarter, noun
Word Origin for cart
C13: from Old Norse kartr; related to Old English cræt carriage, Old French carete; see car
British Dictionary definitions for put the cart before the horse (2 of 3)
/ (kɑːt) /
radio television short for cartridge (def. 4)
British Dictionary definitions for put the cart before the horse (3 of 3)
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Idioms and Phrases with put the cart before the horse (1 of 2)
put the cart before the horse
see cart before the horse.
Idioms and Phrases with put the cart before the horse (2 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with cart
- cart before the horse, put the
- cart off
- upset the applecart
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