rick·​shaw | \ ˈrik-ˌshȯ How to pronounce rickshaw (audio) \
variants: or less commonly ricksha

Definition of rickshaw

: 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 Others say the cost of bread has more than doubled, while auto rickshaw and taxi drivers say the fuel rations are too meager to make a living. Jessie Yeung, CNN, 5 Apr. 2022 Still another featured an Asian man in a rice-picker hat pulling a rickshaw. NBC News, 20 Apr. 2022 His family migrated from Bihar, one of India’s poorest states, when Briju was in the fifth grade so that his father, who never attended school, could earn more money driving an auto rickshaw. New York Times, 27 Jan. 2022 In her memoir, Dr. Suleri Goodyear probed her grief over the loss of her mother, who died after being knocked to the ground by a rickshaw, and her sister, who was killed in a suspicious hit-and-run. Washington Post, 1 Apr. 2022 The Miss India 2020 runner-up rode to a victory rally at her alma mater in her father’s auto rickshaw. Hari Kunzru, Harpers Magazine, 14 Jan. 2021 His father was an auto-rickshaw driver, and his mother, a housewife. Rhea Mogul And Esha Mitra, CNN, 20 Nov. 2021 Before the pandemic there were 800 rickshaw taxi drivers in Lisbon, but now only about 200 work during the week and 500 on weekends, said Valentim Gaspar, another rickshaw taxi driver. Eric Sylvers, WSJ, 24 Oct. 2021 Photographers from 95 countries submitted a record-breaking 50,000 entries, with shots including a gorilla enjoying a rain shower and a tent spider's web as an auto-rickshaw passed by in India (which was captured by a 10-year-old). Ashley Strickland, CNN, 16 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of rickshaw

1879, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rickshaw

alteration of jinrikisha

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24 May 2022

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“Rickshaw.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rickshaw. Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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variants: also ricksha \ ˈrik-​ˌshȯ \

Kids Definition of rickshaw

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

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