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piggyback

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adverb pig·gy·back \ˈpi-gē-ˌbak\

Definition of piggyback

  1. 1 :  up on the back and shoulders

  2. 2 :  on or as if on the back of another; especially :  on a railroad flatcar



Did You Know?

Have you ever wondered where the porcine part of piggyback comes from? Well, it's not from the pigs themselves. The adverb piggyback likely began as "a pick pack." Another early form of the word is pickback, evidence of which can be found in the still-extant variant pickaback. The adverb piggyback dates to the mid-16th century, and the noun-referring to an act of carrying piggyback-was in use by the end of that same century. The adjective piggyback, as in "piggyback ride," didn't enter the language until the 18th century, and the now-common verb piggyback didn't piggyback on the others until the late 19th century.

Variants of piggyback

also pickaback play \ˈpi-gē-, ˈpi-kə-\

Origin of piggyback

alteration of earlier a pick pack, of unknown origin


First Known Use: 1565


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piggyback

noun pig·gy·back

Simple Definition of piggyback

  • : the act of carrying someone on your back or shoulders

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of piggyback

  1. 1 :  the act of carrying piggyback

  2. 2 :  the movement of loaded truck trailers on railroad flatcars

Circa 1590

First Known Use of piggyback

circa 1590

Variants of piggyback

also pickaback

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piggyback

adjective pig·gy·back

Definition of piggyback

  1. 1 :  marked by being up on the shoulders and back <a child needs hugging, tussling, and piggyback rides — Benjamin Spock>

  2. 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)



1823

First Known Use of piggyback

1823

Variants of piggyback

also pickaback

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piggyback

verb pig·gy·back

Simple Definition of piggyback

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of piggyback

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to carry up on the shoulders and back

  3. 2 :  to haul (as a truck trailer) by railroad car

  4. 3 :  to set up or cause to function in conjunction with something larger, more important, or already in existence or operation

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  to function or be carried on or as if on the back of another

1952

First Known Use of piggyback

1952

Variants of piggyback

also pickaback


PIGGYBACK Defined for Kids

piggyback

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adverb or adjective pig·gy·back \ˈpi-gē-ˌbak\

Definition of piggyback for Students

  1. :  on the back or shoulders <The child wanted a piggyback ride.>




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