a small vehicle consisting of a platform mounted on runners for use in traveling over snow or ice.
a sledge.

verb (used without object), sled·ded, sled·ding.

to coast, ride, or be carried on a sled.

verb (used with object), sled·ded, sled·ding.

to convey by sled.

Origin of sled

1350–1400; Middle English sledde < Middle Dutch; akin to German Schlitten sled, sleigh1; cf. slide
Related formssled·like, adjective
Can be confusedsled sledge sleigh Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of sled

Historical Examples of sled

  • Why, I had dragged her to school on a sled when she was a child.

  • But they saw, up the trail, and not down, two men running with sled and dogs.

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    Jack London

  • The dogs had lain down in the snow, and he walked past them to join his partner in the sled.

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    Jack London

  • On the sled, securely lashed, was a long and narrow oblong box.

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    Jack London

  • A gloomy breakfast was eaten, and the four remaining dogs were harnessed to the sled.

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    Jack London

Word Origin and History for sled

early 14c., "a dragged vehicle used for transport of heavy goods," from Middle Dutch sledde "sled," from Proto-Germanic *slid- (cf. Old Saxon slido, Old Norse sleði, Danish slæde, Swedish släde, Old High German slito, German Schlitten "sledge"), from the same root as Old English slidan (see slide (v.)). Not found in Old English. In reference to a sleigh used for travel or recreation, it is attested from 1580s, now mainly American English.


"transport on a sled," 1718; "ride on a sled," 1780, from sled (n.). Related: Sledded; sledding.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper