[hweeld, weeld]


equipped with or having wheels (often used in combination): a four-wheeled carriage.
moving or traveling on wheels: wheeled transportation.

Origin of wheeled

First recorded in 1600–10; wheel + -ed3


[hweel, weel]


a circular frame or disk arranged to revolve on an axis, as on or in vehicles or machinery.
any machine, apparatus, instrument, etc., shaped like this or having a circular frame, disk, or revolving drum as an essential feature: a potter's wheel; roulette wheel; spinning wheel.
  1. a circular frame with an axle connecting to the rudder of a ship, for steering: He took the wheel during the storm.
  2. a paddle wheel.
  3. a propeller.
Informal. a bicycle.
a round object, decoration, etc.: a wheel of cheese; a design of red wheels and blue squares.
an old instrument of torture in the form of a circular frame on which the victim was stretched until disjointed.
a circular firework that revolves rapidly while burning; pinwheel.
a rotating instrument that Fortune is represented as turning in order to bring about changes or reverses in human affairs.
  1. moving, propelling, or animating agencies: the wheels of commerce; the wheels of thought.
  2. Slang.a personal means of transportation, especially a car.
a cycle, recurring action, or steady progression: the wheel of days and nights.
a wheeling or circular movement: the intricate wheels of the folk dances.
(formerly) a movement of troops, ships, etc., drawn up in line, as if turning on a pivot.
Informal. someone active and influential, as in business, politics, etc.; an important person: a big wheel.

verb (used with object)

to cause to turn, rotate, or revolve, as on an axis.
to perform (a movement) in a circular or curving direction.
to move, roll, or convey on wheels, casters, etc.: The servants wheel the tables out.
to provide (a vehicle, machine, etc.) with wheels.

verb (used without object)

to turn on or as on an axis or about a center; revolve, rotate, or pivot.
to move in a circular or curving course: pigeons wheeling above.
to turn so as to face in a different direction (often followed by about or around): He wheeled about and faced his opponent squarely.
to change one's opinion or procedure (often followed by about or around): He wheeled around and argued for the opposition.
to roll along on or as on wheels; travel along smoothly: The car wheeled along the highway.
British Military. to turn: Right wheel!

Origin of wheel

before 900; (noun) Middle English whel(e), Old English hwēol, hweohl; cognate with Dutch wiel, Old Norse hjōl; akin to Greek kýklos (see cycle); (v.) Middle English, derivative of the noun
Related formswheel·less, adjectiveun·der·wheel, nounun·wheel, verb (used with object)
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Examples from the Web for wheeled

Contemporary Examples of wheeled

Historical Examples of wheeled

  • And he wheeled one of the easy chairs to the spot where that lady was standing.

  • He wheeled his horse across the walk to bar her way, and quickly dismounted.

    The Little Colonel

    Annie Fellows Johnston

  • When he reached the deck and wheeled around to look at me you just ought to have seen his face.

    The Underdog

    F. Hopkinson Smith

  • Dick heard a light step in the passage and he wheeled quickly.

    The Rock of Chickamauga

    Joseph A. Altsheler

  • He wheeled it up to the side door, an' put a plank over the steps, an' wheeled it right in.

    Meadow Grass

    Alice Brown

British Dictionary definitions for wheeled



  1. having or equipped with a wheel or wheels
  2. (in combination)four-wheeled



a solid disc, or a circular rim joined to a hub by radial or tangential spokes, that is mounted on a shaft about which it can turn, as in vehicles and machines
anything like a wheel in shape or function
a device consisting of or resembling a wheel or having a wheel as its principal componenta steering wheel; a water wheel
the wheel a medieval torture consisting of a wheel to which the victim was tied and then had his limbs struck and broken by an iron bar
the act of turning
a pivoting movement of troops, ships, etc
a type of firework coiled to make it rotate when let off
a set of short rhyming lines, usually four or five in number, forming the concluding part of a stanzaCompare bob 2 (def. 7)
the disc in which the ball is spun in roulette
US and Canadian an informal word for bicycle
archaic a refrain
informal, mainly US and Canadian a person of great influence (esp in the phrase big wheel)
at the wheel
  1. driving or steering a vehicle or vessel
  2. in charge


(when intr sometimes foll by about or round) to turn or cause to turn on or as if on an axis
to move or cause to move on or as if on wheels; roll
(tr) to perform with or in a circular movement
(tr) to provide with a wheel or wheels
(intr often foll by about) to change one's mind or opinion
wheel and deal informal to be a free agent, esp to advance one's own interests
See also wheels
Derived Formswheel-less, adjective

Word Origin for wheel

Old English hweol, hweowol; related to Old Norse hvēl, Greek kuklos, Middle Low German wēl, Dutch wiel
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Word Origin and History for wheeled



"to turn like a wheel," early 13c., from wheel (n.); transitive sense attested from late 14c. Related: Wheeled; wheeling.



Old English hweol, hweogol, from Proto-Germanic *khwekhwlan, *khwegwlan (cf. Old Norse hvel, Old Swedish hiughl, Old Frisian hwel, Middle Dutch weel), from PIE *k(w)e-k(w)lo- "wheel, circle" (cf. Old Church Slavonic kolo "wheel"), a reduplicated form from root *k(w)el- "to go round" (see cycle (n.)).

The root wegh-, "to convey, especially by wheeled vehicle," is found in virtually every branch of Indo-European, including now Anatolian. The root, as well as other widely represented roots such as aks- and nobh-, attests to the presence of the wheel -- and vehicles using it -- at the time Proto-Indo-European was spoken. [Watkins, p. 96]

Figurative sense is early 14c. Slang wheels "a car" is recorded from 1959. Wheeler-dealer is from 1954, a rhyming elaboration of dealer; wheelie is from 1966.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with wheeled


In addition to the idioms beginning with wheel

  • wheel and deal
  • wheels in motion
  • wheels within wheels

also see:

  • asleep at the switch (wheel)
  • at the wheel
  • big cheese (wheel)
  • cog in the wheel
  • fifth wheel
  • grease (oil) the wheels
  • hell on wheels
  • put one's shoulder to the wheel
  • reinvent the wheel
  • set (wheels) in motion
  • spin one's wheels
  • squeaky wheel gets the grease
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