dray

noun
\ ˈdrā \

Definition of dray

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a vehicle used to haul goods especially : a strong cart or wagon without sides

dray

verb
drayed; draying; drays

Definition of dray (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to haul on a dray : cart

First Known Use of dray

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1857, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dray

Noun

Middle English draye, a wheelless vehicle; akin to Old English dræge dragnet, dragan to pull — more at draw

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