[hweel-bar-oh, weel-]


a frame or box for conveying a load, supported at one end by a wheel or wheels, and lifted and pushed at the other by two horizontal shafts.

verb (used with object)

to move or convey in a wheelbarrow.

Nearby words

  1. wheel of life,
  2. wheel static,
  3. wheel trim,
  4. wheel window,
  5. wheel wobble,
  6. wheelbarrow race,
  7. wheelbase,
  8. wheelchair,
  9. wheelchair housing,
  10. wheeled

Origin of wheelbarrow

Middle English word dating back to 1300–50; see origin at wheel, barrow1

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British Dictionary definitions for wheelbarrow



a simple vehicle for carrying small loads, typically being an open container supported by a wheel at the front and two legs and two handles behind


(tr) to convey in a wheelbarrow
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Word Origin and History for wheelbarrow



mid-14c., from wheel (n.) + barrow (n.1).

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