rick·​shaw ˈrik-ˌshȯ How to pronounce rickshaw (audio)
variants or less commonly ricksha
: a small covered 2-wheeled vehicle usually for one passenger that is pulled by one man and that was used originally in Japan

Examples of rickshaw in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Now, her mother works in a garment factory; her father, once a rice farmer, drives a rickshaw. Melanie Stetson Freeman, The Christian Science Monitor, 9 Nov. 2023 People moved by donkey carts, auto rickshaws, and cars, loaded with bags of clothing, mattresses, even a pair of cows. Cate Brown, Washington Post, 13 Oct. 2023 Because public transport is relatively underdeveloped, these types of vehicles — scooters, motorcycles and rickshaws — are hugely important, accounting for a staggering 80% of all vehicle sales. Michelle Toh, CNN, 22 Aug. 2023 In Old Delhi, not far from Chandni Chowk, on roads plied only by cycle rickshaws and men and women on foot, there is a wonderful little set of alleyways that fork off from the already tight little streets. Rafil Kroll-Zaidi, Harper's Magazine, 9 Dec. 2021 In addition to training AQI ambassadors, MHT and its community action groups also drove around an electric rickshaw with posters, distributed handouts, performed street plays, made wall art, and met legislators to push for safer work sites. Vandana K, The Christian Science Monitor, 28 Sep. 2022 The officers bundled Seckie into a three-wheel motorized rickshaw, delivered him to a concrete police station and locked him in a cell. Michael M. Phillips, WSJ, 3 Feb. 2023 To get five liters of gasoline, auto-rickshaw drivers wait calmly in line for as long as five days. New York Times, 19 July 2022 The bomb went off after a man driving a motorized rickshaw entered a village in the Gilan district to sell goods and was soon surrounded by kids, according to Wahidullah Jumazada, spokesman for the Ghazni provincial governor. Washington Post, 18 Dec. 2020 See More

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Word History


alteration of jinrikisha

First Known Use

1879, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rickshaw was in 1879

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“Rickshaw.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rickshaw. Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


variants also ricksha
: a small hooded carriage with two wheels that is pulled by one person and was used originally in Japan

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