- a light vehicle on runners, usually open and generally horse-drawn, used especially for transporting persons over snow or ice.
- a sled.
- to travel or ride in a sleigh.
Origin of sleigh1
or slay, sleigh
- the reed of a loom.
- the warp count in woven fabrics.
- British. the lay of a loom.
- to draw (warp ends) through the heddle eyes of the harness or through the dents of the reed in accordance with a given plan for weaving a fabric.
Origin of sley
Examples from the Web for sleighing
I had one of the best trotters in the country, and the sleighing was superb.The Trail of '98
Robert W. Service
The sleighing was fine, and the snow was six and seven feet deep on a level.The Land of the Long Night
Paul du Chaillu
Of all pleasures, winter sleighing was still the gayest and most popular.The Education of Henry Adams
Well, it's only three days, and the sleighing is practically ended.Under Fire
It's such fun coasting and skating and sleighing and snow-balling.Heart of Gold
Ruth Alberta Brown
- another name for sledge 1 (def. 1)
- (intr) to travel by sleigh
Word Origin and History for sleighing
"vehicle mounted on runners for use on ice and snow," 1703, American and Canadian English, from Dutch slee, shortened from slede (see sled (n.)). As a verb from 1728. Related: Sleighing. Sleigh-ride is first recorded 1770; sleigh-bells is from c.1780; they originally were used to give warning of the approach of a sleigh.