trucking

1
[truhk-ing]

noun

the art or business of conveying articles or goods on trucks.

Nearby words

  1. truckage,
  2. truckdriver,
  3. truckee,
  4. trucker,
  5. truckie,
  6. truckle,
  7. truckle bed,
  8. truckline,
  9. truckload,
  10. truckman

Origin of trucking

1
First recorded in 1800–10; truck1 + -ing1

trucking

2
[truhk-ing]

noun

the growing of vegetables for the market.
commercial bartering.

Origin of trucking

2
First recorded in 1585–95; truck2 + -ing1

truck

1
[truhk]

noun

any of various forms of vehicle for carrying goods and materials, usually consisting of a single self-propelled unit but also often composed of a trailer vehicle hauled by a tractor unit.
any of various wheeled frames used for transporting heavy objects.
Also called hand truck. a barrowlike frame with low wheels, a ledge at the bottom, and handles at the top, used to move heavy luggage, packages, cartons, etc.
a low, rectangular frame on which heavy boxes, crates, trunks, etc., are moved; a dolly.
a tiered framework on casters.
a group of two or more pairs of wheels in one frame, for supporting one end of a railroad car, locomotive, etc.
Movies. a dolly on which a camera is mounted.
British. a freight car having no top.
a small wooden wheel, cylinder, or roller, as on certain old-style gun carriages.
Nautical. a circular or square piece of wood fixed on the head of a mast or the top of a flagstaff, usually containing small holes for signal halyards.

verb (used with object)

to transport by truck.
to put on a truck.

verb (used without object)

to convey articles or goods on a truck.
to drive a truck.

adjective

of, relating to, or for a truck or trucks: a truck drive; truck tires.

Origin of truck

1
1605–15; back formation from truckle wheel. See truckle2

Related formstruck·a·ble, adjective

truck

2
[truhk]

noun

vegetables raised for the market.
miscellaneous articles of little worth; odds and ends.
Informal. trash or rubbish: That's a lot of truck.
Informal. dealings: I'll have no truck with him.
a bargain or deal.
the payment of wages in goods instead of money.

verb (used with object)

to exchange; trade; barter.

verb (used without object)

to exchange commodities; barter.
to traffic; have dealings.

Origin of truck

2
1175–1225; Middle English trukien to exchange < Old French troquer to exchange

truck

3
[truhk]

noun

a shuffling jitterbug step.

verb (used without object)

to dance with such steps.
Slang. to walk or stroll, especially in a jaunty manner: trucking down the avenue on a Sunday afternoon.

Origin of truck

3
First recorded in 1935–40; special use of truck1

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British Dictionary definitions for trucking

trucking

1

noun

mainly US and Canadian the transportation of goods by lorry

noun

Also called: truck farming, (Brit, Austral., NZ, and South African) market gardening US and Canadian the business of growing fruit and vegetables on a commercial scale
commercial exchange; barter

truck

1

noun

British a vehicle for carrying freight on a railway; wagon
US, Canadian and Australian a large motor vehicle designed to carry heavy loads, esp one with a flat platformAlso called (esp in Britain): lorry
a frame carrying two or more pairs of wheels and usually springs and brakes, attached under an end of a railway coach, etc
nautical
  1. a disc-shaped block fixed to the head of a mast having sheave holes for receiving signal halyards
  2. the head of a mast itself
any wheeled vehicle used to move goods

verb

to convey (goods) in a truck
(intr) mainly US and Canadian to drive a truck

Word Origin for truck

C17: perhaps shortened from truckle ²

truck

2

noun

commercial goods
dealings (esp in the phrase have no truck with)
commercial exchange
archaic payment of wages in kind
miscellaneous articles
informal rubbish
US and Canadian vegetables grown for market

verb

archaic to exchange (goods); barter
(intr) to traffic or negotiate

Word Origin for truck

C13: from Old French troquer (unattested) to barter, equivalent to Medieval Latin trocare, of unknown origin

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Word Origin and History for trucking
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Idioms and Phrases with trucking

truck

see have no truck with.

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