[ hweel-bar-oh, weel- ]
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  1. 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)
  1. to move or convey in a wheelbarrow.

Origin of wheelbarrow

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

Words Nearby wheelbarrow

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How to use wheelbarrow in a sentence

  • This cross between a wheelbarrow and a sedan-chair was supported and trundled along the street by four bearers.

    Our Little Korean Cousin | H. Lee M. Pike
  • These mounds are usually about eighteen feet apart, and consist of about as much earth as would fill a very large wheelbarrow.

  • She laughed as she put her foot on the wheelbarrow, hitching her skirt up where it bound her knee.

    The Idyl of Twin Fires | Walter Prichard Eaton
  • The ship porter, when he brought the loaded wheelbarrow, would take back to the ship the empty one.

    Rollo in Holland | Jacob Abbott
  • I left the wheelbarrow forgotten in the road, and we ran up the slope together, turned at the door, and gazed back.

    The Idyl of Twin Fires | Walter Prichard Eaton

British Dictionary definitions for wheelbarrow


/ (ˈwiːlˌbærəʊ) /

  1. 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

  1. (tr) to convey in a wheelbarrow

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