wheel·​bar·​row | \ ˈ(h)wēl-ˌber-(ˌ)ō How to pronounce wheelbarrow (audio) , -ˌba-(ˌ)rō \

Definition of wheelbarrow

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a small usually single-wheeled vehicle that is used for carrying small loads and is fitted with handles at the rear by which it can be pushed and guided


wheelbarrowed; wheelbarrowing; wheelbarrows

Definition of wheelbarrow (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to convey in a wheelbarrow

Examples of wheelbarrow in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun At one point, the crowd rolled a wheelbarrow filled with bricks and rocks. Molly Beck, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Madison police rank-and-file and leaders differ on what their marching orders were during night of upheaval," 28 June 2020 Several coaches brought their families, and all assisted in handing out cold water out of the team’s wheelbarrow as temperatures sweltered in the mid-90s. Sam Blum, Dallas News, "SMU coach Sonny Dykes discusses why he attended protest against police brutality," 5 June 2020 Maisonette has Tender Leaf Toys’ child-size garden wheelbarrow set with three seed packets, three flower pots with a sunflower, carrot and tomato plant. oregonlive, "Plants as science lessons: Kids learn with hands in the soil," 10 May 2020 And yet, even the humble wheelbarrow can be tweaked or improved or streamlined. Popular Science, "Sturdy wheelbarrows for all your hauling needs," 20 Mar. 2020 From wheelbarrows to hampers to suitcases, many have taken to social media to post pictures of their efforts to comply with the plastic bag initiative, which was introduced at the start of the year in an attempt to curb environmental waste. NBC News, "After plastic bag ban, Thai shoppers use wheelbarrows and hampers to tote groceries," 6 Jan. 2020 Instead of traveling around the board with the classic top hat or wheelbarrow, players will be able to choose between four equally adorable versions of Baby Yoda in different poses. Alicia Lee, CNN, "Hasbro introduces Baby Yoda-themed Monopoly set just in time for May the Fourth," 4 May 2020 Across the street, Ahmad, a middle-aged man in a black and white turban, sat cross-legged in a wheelbarrow, eyes scanning the crowd for customers who needed a hand. Dan Xin Huang, The New Republic, "Afghanistan May Soon Have Peace. And the Cost Is Democracy.," 29 Apr. 2020 An adorable wheelbarrow that’s easy to push Need some help in the garden? Rachel Murphy, USA TODAY, "10 fun toys your kids will love using outside this spring," 14 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb There were period-appropriate amusements, from cherry-seed spitting contests to wheelbarrow races, the latter featuring wooden conveyances built to 150-year-old specifications. Peter Rowe, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Spirit of (18)76: Old Town celebrates July 4 with a 19th century vibe," 5 July 2019

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First Known Use of wheelbarrow


14th century, in the meaning defined above


1721, in the meaning defined above

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“Wheelbarrow.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wheelbarrow. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of wheelbarrow

: a cart with two handles, a large bowl, and usually one wheel that is used for carrying heavy loads of dirt, rocks, etc.


wheel·​bar·​row | \ ˈhwēl-ˌber-ō How to pronounce wheelbarrow (audio) , ˈwēl- \

Kids Definition of wheelbarrow

: a cart with two handles and usually one wheel for carrying small loads

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