variants: or autorickshaw \ ˌȯ-​tō-​ˈrik-​ˌshȯ How to pronounce auto-rickshaw (audio) \
plural auto-rickshaws or autorickshaws

Definition of auto-rickshaw

: a motorized rickshaw … superficial images of modernization are everywhere to be seen: auto-rickshaws, which are rapidly replacing horse-drawn tongas; stores stocked with the latest Western-style gadgetry …— Fergus M. Bordewich, Atlantic, July 1986 “Horn Please” demand the signs on the backs of a million trucks blocking the road. All the other trucks, and cars, bikes, motor scooters, taxis, and … autorickshaws enthusiastically respond, welcoming Zafar and me with an energetic rendition of the traditional symphony of the Indian street.— Salman Rushdie, New Yorker, 19 June 2000

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First Known Use of auto-rickshaw

1958, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for auto-rickshaw

auto- entry 2 + rickshaw

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“Auto-rickshaw.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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