stock car


a standard model of automobile changed in various ways for racing purposes.
Also called cattle car. Railroads. a boxcar for carrying livestock.

Nearby words

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  8. stock clerk,
  9. stock company,
  10. stock culture

Origin of stock car

1855–60, Americanism for def 2

Related formsstock-car, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for stock car

  • It was true: the passengers of the Oklahoma were crowded like cattle on a Kansas stock-car.

    The Magnetic North|Elizabeth Robins (C. E. Raimond)

British Dictionary definitions for stock car

stock car


  1. a car, usually a production saloon, strengthened and modified for a form of racing in which the cars often collide
  2. (as modifier)stock-car racing
US and Canadian a railway wagon designed for carrying livestockAlso called (in Britain and certain other countries): cattle truck
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Word Origin and History for stock car

stock car


racing car with a basic chassis of an ordinary commercially produced vehicle, 1914, American English, from stock (n.2) + car.

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