truck

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noun (1)

1
: a wheeled vehicle for moving heavy articles: such as
a
: a strong horse-drawn or automotive vehicle (such as a pickup) for hauling
b
: an automotive vehicle with a short chassis equipped with a swivel for attaching a trailer and used especially for the highway hauling of freight
also : a truck with attached trailer
c
: a small barrow consisting of a rectangular frame having at one end a pair of handles and at the other end a pair of small heavy wheels and a projecting edge to slide under a load

called also hand truck

d
: a small heavy rectangular frame supported on four wheels for moving heavy objects
e
: a small flat-topped car pushed or pulled by hand
f
: a shelved stand mounted on casters
2
a
British : an open railroad freight car
b
: a swiveling carriage consisting of a frame with one or more pairs of wheels and springs to carry and guide one end (as of a railroad car) in turning sharp curves
3
: a small wheel
specifically : a small strong wheel for a gun carriage
4
: a small wooden cap at the top of a flagstaff or masthead usually having holes for reeving flag or signal halyards
truckful noun

truck

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verb (1)

trucked; trucking; trucks

transitive verb

: to load or transport on a truck

intransitive verb

1
: to roll along especially in an easy untroubled way
2
: to transport goods by truck
3
: to be employed in driving a truck

truck

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verb (2)

trucked; trucking; trucks

transitive verb

1
: to give in exchange : swap
2
: to barter or dispose of by barter

intransitive verb

1
: to exchange commodities : barter
2
: to negotiate or traffic especially in an underhanded way : have dealings

truck

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noun (2)

1
: barter
2
: commodities appropriate for barter or for small trade
3
: close association or connection
will have no truck with crooks
4
: payment of wages in goods instead of cash
5
: vegetables grown for market
6
: heterogeneous small articles often of little value
also : rubbish

Word History

Etymology

Noun (1)

probably back-formation from truckle small wheel — more at truckle bed

Verb (2)

Middle English trukken, from Anglo-French *truker, *troker, from Vulgar Latin *troccare, probably of imitative origin

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Verb (1)

1748, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Verb (2)

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun (2)

1553, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of truck was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Truck.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/truck. Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

truck

1 of 3 noun
1
2
: goods for barter or for small trade
3
: close association
have no truck with such people
4
: vegetables grown for market
5
a
: small articles of little value
b

truck

2 of 3 noun
: a wheeled vehicle for moving heavy articles

truck

3 of 3 verb
: to transport on or by truck

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