truck

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noun (1)

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: 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

Examples of truck in a Sentence

Noun (2) in medieval Europe, furs and forest products from the north were sold in truck for luxury products from the south filled a dozen large garbage bags with all the truck we collected when we cleaned the place out
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Innovative features that may show up on your next car or truck took center stage recently as Automotive News presented its annual PACE Awards in Detroit. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, 13 July 2024 Hydrogen fuel cells — already used in cars, trucks and industrial equipment — could be a game-changer for the aviation industry, which is under intense pressure to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. Alex Fitzpatrick, Axios, 12 July 2024 In: Hosted by the City of Longwood, the show features more than 100 cars and trucks; a 50/50 drawing, food trucks, and music by DJ Don from Cruisin Orlando. Joe Rassel, Orlando Sentinel, 11 July 2024 These men sang — and continue to sing, in many cases — about partaking in stereotypically masculine hobbies like drinking beer and driving pickup trucks. Kyndall Cunningham, Vox, 11 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for truck 

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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 17 Jul. 2024.

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
Etymology

Noun

from earlier truck (verb) "to exchange goods, swap," from Middle English trukken (same meaning), from early French troquer (same meaning)

Noun

from truck "a small wheel," from truckle "small wheel, pulley," from Middle English trokell "caster, wheel," from Latin trochlea "block of pulleys"

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