noun (1)
\ ˈtrək How to pronounce truck (audio) \

Definition of truck

 (Entry 1 of 4)

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
2a 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


verb (1)
trucked; trucking; trucks

Definition of truck (Entry 2 of 4)

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


verb (2)
trucked; trucking; trucks

Definition of truck (Entry 3 of 4)

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


noun (2)

Definition of truck (Entry 4 of 4)

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

Other Words from truck

Noun (1)

truckful \ ˈtrək-​ˌfu̇l How to pronounce truck (audio) \ noun

First Known Use of truck

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

History and Etymology for truck

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

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“Truck.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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\ ˈtrək How to pronounce truck (audio) \

Kids Definition of truck

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: a vehicle (as a strong heavy wagon or motor vehicle) for carrying heavy articles or hauling a trailer



Kids Definition of truck (Entry 2 of 3)

: close association He wanted no truck with criminals.


trucked; trucking

Kids Definition of truck (Entry 3 of 3)

: to transport on or in a truck


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