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

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

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Small boys pushed wheelbarrows stacked with jerry cans of water along uneven dirt roads, while others sold secondhand clothes in a makeshift market under the scorching sun. Sam Mednick, Fox News, "In South Sudan, some children work in mines to survive," 12 Sep. 2018 The top hat, wheelbarrow, and Scottie dog are now tiny replicas of Sophia's purse, Stan's toupee, and Rose's teddy bear. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Stop Everything: 'Golden Girls' Monopoly and Clue Are 40% Off on Amazon," 16 July 2018 Check out highlights from the morning at Buckeye Grove in the video above, which includes Young filling up a wheelbarrow for Bosa. Tim Bielik, cleveland.com, "Tate Martell, Nick Bosa and Ohio State football's spring game losers do landscape work on Buckeye Grove," 20 Apr. 2018 Your dear automobile or shiny wheelbarrow aren't necessarily safe, either. Sarah Schreiber, Good Housekeeping, "Monopoly Just Got Rid of the Thimble and Now None of the Original Tokens Are Safe," 17 Feb. 2017 Flynt sent a half-dozen of them to the bank lobby pushing wheelbarrows filled with enough pennies to pay off the loan. Cincinnati Enquirer, "Read more from this Project," 13 July 2018 To get the shillings to a customer’s car, most money exchanges employ assistants armed with wheelbarrows to lug the heavy bags. Matina Stevis-gridneff, WSJ, "An Isolated Country Runs on Mobile Money," 8 July 2018 Forex agents use wheelbarrows to transfer stacks of devalued currency for customers in the money-exchange district of Hargeisa. Matina Stevis-gridneff, WSJ, "An Isolated Country Runs on Mobile Money," 8 July 2018 As pedestrians fight their way through a chaotic crowd of vendors and motorcycles and wheelbarrows laden with goods on the Ouanaminthe-Dajabón border in northeast Haiti, child protection workers monitor the movement looking for child traffickers. Jacqueline Charles, miamiherald, "Illegal Dominican goods cost Haiti $400 million a year. U.S. lawmakers want crackdown," 26 Apr. 2018

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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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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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