wagon

[wag-uhn]
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noun

verb (used with object)

to transport or convey by wagon.

verb (used without object)

to proceed or haul goods by wagon: It was strenuous to wagon up the hill.Also especially British, waggon.

Nearby words

  1. wagner, robert ferdinand,
  2. wagner-jauregg,
  3. wagner-jauregg, julius,
  4. wagnerian,
  5. wagnerite,
  6. wagon boss,
  7. wagon master,
  8. wagon roof,
  9. wagon seat,
  10. wagon soldier

Idioms

Origin of wagon

1505–15; < Dutch wagen; cognate with Old English wægn wain

Related formswag·on·less, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for wagon

wagon

waggon

noun

any of various types of wheeled vehicles, ranging from carts to lorries, esp a vehicle with four wheels drawn by a horse, tractor, etc, and used for carrying crops, heavy loads, etc
British a railway freight truck, esp an open one
US and Canadian a child's four-wheeled cart
US and Canadian a police van for transporting prisoners and those arrested
mainly US and Canadian See station wagon
an obsolete word for chariot
off the wagon informal no longer abstaining from alcoholic drinks
on the wagon informal abstaining from alcoholic drinks

verb

(tr) to transport by wagon
Derived Formswagonless or waggonless, adjective

Word Origin for wagon

C16: from Dutch wagen wain

Wagon

Waggon

noun

the Wagon another name for the Plough
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Word Origin and History for wagon

wagon

n.

1520s, from Middle Dutch wagen, waghen, from Proto-Germanic *wagnaz (cf. Old English wægn, Modern English wain, Old Saxon and Old High German wagan, Old Norse vagn, Old Frisian wein, German Wagen), from PIE *woghnos, from *wegh- "to carry, to move" (cf. Sanskrit vahanam "vessel, ship," Greek okhos, Latin vehiculum, Old Church Slavonic vozu "carriage, chariot," Russian povozka, Lithuanian vazis "a small sledge," Old Irish fen, Welsh gwain "carriage, cart;" see weigh).

In Dutch and German, the general word for "a wheel vehicle;" English use is a result of contact through Flemish immigration, Dutch trade, or the Continental wars. It has largely displaced the native cognate, wain. Spelling preference varied randomly between -g- and -gg- from mid-18c., before American English settled on the etymological wagon, while waggon remained common in Great Britain. Wagon train is attested from 1810. Phrase on the wagon "abstaining from alcohol" is 1904, originally on the water cart.

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Idioms and Phrases with wagon

wagon

see fix someone's wagon; hitch one's wagon; on the bandwagon; on the wagon.

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