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1piggyback

adverb pig·gy·back \ˈpi-gē-ˌbak\

Definition of PIGGYBACK

1
:  up on the back and shoulders
2
:  on or as if on the back of another; especially :  on a railroad flatcar

Variants of PIGGYBACK

pig·gy·back also pick·a·back \ˈpi-gē-, ˈpi-kə-\

Origin of PIGGYBACK

alteration of earlier a pick pack, of unknown origin
First Known Use: 1565

2piggyback

noun

: the act of carrying someone on your back or shoulders

Full Definition of PIGGYBACK

1
:  the act of carrying piggyback
2
:  the movement of loaded truck trailers on railroad flatcars

Variants of PIGGYBACK

piggyback also pickaback

First Known Use of PIGGYBACK

circa 1590

3piggyback

adjective

Definition of PIGGYBACK

1
:  marked by being up on the shoulders and back <a child needs hugging, tussling, and piggyback rides — Benjamin Spock>
2
:  carried or transported piggyback: as
a :  of or relating to the hauling of truck trailers on railroad flatcars
b :  being or relating to something carried into space as an extra load by a vehicle (as a spacecraft)

Variants of PIGGYBACK

piggyback also pickaback

First Known Use of PIGGYBACK

1823

4piggyback

verb

: to be carried by or connected to something else or to cause (something) to be carried by or connected to something else

Full Definition of PIGGYBACK

transitive verb
1
:  to carry up on the shoulders and back
2
:  to haul (as a truck trailer) by railroad car
3
:  to set up or cause to function in conjunction with something larger, more important, or already in existence or operation
intransitive verb
:  to function or be carried on or as if on the back of another

Variants of PIGGYBACK

piggyback also pickaback

First Known Use of PIGGYBACK

1952

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