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 Konstantin’s body was hard to fit in the wheelbarrow—his arm kept swinging out. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, 1 Aug. 2022 The wheelbarrow contained one of her dogs, a pit bull named Valik, also shot dead. Luke Mogelson, The New Yorker, 2 May 2022 She was reported missing on Nov. 2; her body was found the next day under a tarp, wheelbarrow and railroad ties, a criminal complaint against the suspects obtained by the Des Moines Register states. Greg Hanlon, PEOPLE.com, 13 May 2022 What a remarkable wheelbarrow of stinking Alabama country manure. Nick Canepacolumnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 May 2022 Following a path to the front door, which had been left open, Havryliuk stopped at a wheelbarrow and raised her palm to her brow. Luke Mogelson, The New Yorker, 2 May 2022 For years, Sadiqi pushed a wheelbarrow, carting vegetables and other goods from one place to another. Washington Post, 14 Apr. 2022 Another trick — pick up the wedge and throw it in the wheelbarrow. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, 13 May 2022 The fish, instead of dragging itself with only its fore-fins, like a wheelbarrow, appeared to use all four fins to get around, like a jeep. New York Times, 29 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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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First Known Use of wheelbarrow


14th century, in the meaning defined above


1721, in the meaning defined above

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7 Aug 2022

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“Wheelbarrow.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wheelbarrow. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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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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