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sledge

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[ slej ]
/ slɛdʒ /
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noun
a vehicle of various forms, mounted on runners and often drawn by draft animals, used for traveling or for conveying loads over snow, ice, rough ground, etc.
a sled.
British. a sleigh.
verb (used with or without object), sledged, sledg·ing.
to convey or travel by sledge.
verb (used without object), sledged, sledg·ing.
British. to sleigh.
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Origin of sledge

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1595–1605; <dialectal Dutch sleeds, derivative of sledesled; cf. sleigh

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH sledge

sled, sledge , sleigh

Other definitions for sledge (2 of 2)

sledge2
[ slej ]
/ slɛdʒ /

noun, verb (used with or without object), sledged, sledg·ing.

Origin of sledge

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before 1000; Middle English slegge,Old English slecg; cognate with Dutch slegge,Old Norse sleggja; akin to slay
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British Dictionary definitions for sledge (1 of 3)

sledge1

esp US and Canadian sled (slɛd)

/ (slɛdʒ) /

noun
Also called: sleigh a vehicle mounted on runners, drawn by horses or dogs, for transporting people or goods, esp over snow
a light wooden frame used, esp by children, for sliding over snow; toboggan
NZ a farm vehicle mounted on runners, for use on rough or muddy ground
verb
to convey, travel, or go by sledge

Derived forms of sledge

sledger, noun

Word Origin for sledge

C17: from Middle Dutch sleedse; C14 sled, from Middle Low German, from Old Norse slethi, related to slide

British Dictionary definitions for sledge (2 of 3)

sledge2
/ (slɛdʒ) /

noun
short for sledgehammer

British Dictionary definitions for sledge (3 of 3)

sledge3
/ (slɛdʒ) /

verb
(tr) to bait (an opponent, esp a batsman in cricket) in order to upset his concentration
noun
an insult aimed at another player during a game of cricket

Word Origin for sledge

of uncertain origin; perhaps from sledgehammer
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