lor·​ry ˈlȯr-ē How to pronounce lorry (audio)
plural lorries
chiefly British

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Sitting alongside him in the cab of his lorry (the British term for a truck) is Louis, Robert’s small dog, a Jack Russell-chihuahua mix, and a washing-up bowl covered in bungee cords. Olivia Potts, Longreads, 17 Nov. 2022 Who among us would drive behind a timber lorry after watching Final Destination 2? Jordan Crucchiola, Vulture, 27 Oct. 2022 Each week Francesco Calabro drives his lorry from Calabria to Rome to sell premium red onions that grow along the coast around Tropea, a clifftop town on Italy's southern tip. Silvia Marchetti, CNN, 8 Oct. 2022 The idea appears to have captured the imagination of both transport SMEs and lorry owners. David Prosser, Forbes, 22 June 2022 To that end, Vahak is a free-to-use online marketplace that connects transport SMEs with lorry drivers and owners. David Prosser, Forbes, 22 June 2022 Now there are special buses to bring in staff and a lorry park for drivers. Sarah O'connor, Ars Technica, 19 Mar. 2022 The theft occurred when three vehicles were broken into in a lorry park in Mexborough in Yorkshire while a unit was shooting nearby. Elsa Keslassy, Variety, 2 Mar. 2022 In one incident, 71 people—including four children—suffocated inside a meat lorry. The Economist, 19 Sep. 2020 See More

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Word History


origin unknown

First Known Use

1900, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lorry was in 1900

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Cite this Entry

“Lorry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lorry. Accessed 6 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


lor·​ry ˈlȯr-ē How to pronounce lorry (audio)
plural lorries
chiefly British
: a large open truck

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