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wheel·​bar·​row ˈ(h)wēl-ˌber-(ˌ)ō How to pronounce wheelbarrow (audio)
: 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


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wheelbarrowed; wheelbarrowing; wheelbarrows

transitive verb

: to convey in a wheelbarrow

Examples of wheelbarrow in a Sentence

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The door hangers also give homeowners suggestions: Dump or store kiddie pools, empty wheelbarrows and flower pots, clean gutters, change water in bird baths weekly. Karen Garloch, Charlotte Observer, 30 Jan. 2024 After Graber’s body was found hidden under a tarp and a wheelbarrow, the teens were arrested based on statements Goodale made to friends on social media that were discovered by police. Timothy Bella, Washington Post, 16 Nov. 2023 And the building is falling apart, a point the sheriff tried to illustrate to county leaders by collecting hundreds of weapons fashioned from chunks of the crumbling walls and loading them into four wheelbarrows his deputies rolled into a public meeting last year. Ben Brasch, Anchorage Daily News, 19 Aug. 2023 Iowa Teens Plead Guilty to Murdering Spanish Teacher with Bat Over Bad Grade The following day, Graber's body was found in the park under a tarp, a wheelbarrow and railroad ties, where authorities said the teens had dragged her body and hidden it. David Chiu, Peoplemag, 7 July 2023 Louis took on the big task of pushing a wheelbarrow of soil (with Kate's help). Naledi Ushe, USA TODAY, 8 May 2023 Built from thousands of rocks from the San Gabriel River that were carried in wheelbarrows and with donkeys, Our Lady of Guadalupe opened in 1917, when the first Mass was celebrated inside the small chapel. Salvador Hernandez, Los Angeles Times, 27 Nov. 2023 The frightening scene, which prompted neighbors to call the Dallas Police Department, included dummies lying on the ground in pools of fake blood, a number of props — a safe, a knife, fake limbs, a wheelbarrow and a chainsaw — and fake bodies wrapped in garbage bags. Stephanie Sengwe, Peoplemag, 31 Oct. 2023 The teacher's body was found in a Fairfield park in November 2021 hidden under a tarp, wheelbarrow and railroad ties. CBS News, 18 Apr. 2023
In 2017, the thimble was replaced by the T-Rex after more than 4.3 million votes were sent in to replace the game piece, as well as to change the boot and wheelbarrow to a rubber ducky and penguin, according to CNN. Olivia Munson, USA TODAY, 8 Oct. 2022 Heavy piles of building materials such as bricks and gravel or even foot and wheelbarrow traffic can also compact the soil. Beth Botts, chicagotribune.com, 5 Mar. 2022 The dancers fled the garden, laughing, wheelbarrow in tow. Abby Carney, New York Times, 4 Aug. 2021 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, 5 July 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


14th century, in the meaning defined above


1721, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of wheelbarrow was in the 14th century

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“Wheelbarrow.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wheelbarrow. Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a small cart that has two handles and usually one wheel, is used for carrying small loads, and is usually pushed

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