hand·​car ˈhan(d)-ˌkär How to pronounce handcar (audio)
: a small four-wheeled railroad car propelled by a hand-operated mechanism or by a small motor

Examples of handcar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Huff and Puff was a toddler-sized rail handcar ride that opened with Camp Snoopy in 1983. Robert Niles, Orange County Register, 25 Feb. 2024 Naperville’s progress from the days of the handcar moving through the prairie to the age of the steam engine train. Suzanne Baker, chicagotribune.com, 9 Oct. 2021 The diplomats pushed the handcar for over a mile to get it across the border. Patrick Reevell, ABC News, 26 Feb. 2021 The group of eight embassy staff and members of their families, including children, first took a 32-hour train ride and then a bus to reach the border area, the ministry said, where the handcar was readied and mounted on to the tracks. Patrick Reevell, ABC News, 26 Feb. 2021 This column picks up the story after the thieves abandoned a railroad handcar used to escape from New Windsor and joined an accomplice waiting in Westminster with a horse and carriage for the rest of the getaway. Mary Ann Ashcraft, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, 24 Oct. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1833, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of handcar was in 1833

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“Handcar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/handcar. Accessed 28 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


hand·​car ˈhan(d)-ˌkär How to pronounce handcar (audio)
: a small railroad car powered by a hand-operated device or by a small motor
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