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 Likewise, if grain became scarce enough, a wheelbarrow of cash would be insufficient to buy a loaf of bread. Greg Jackson, Harper's Magazine, 25 May 2021 Beauty and the Beast has the baker, the bookseller, the guy with a wheelbarrow guy full of pumpkins, and so on—each of which make the town function. Sarah Todd, Quartz, 12 May 2021 In 2017, Hasbro held a similar fan vote to revamp some of the game's playing pieces, with the thimble, the wheelbarrow and the boot getting being replaced with new pieces like a rubber duckie, a penguin and a T. rex. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, 22 Mar. 2021 The Brunswick Rotary is holding an online 50/50 drawing and wheelbarrow-of-alcohol event through May 13. Sam Boyer, cleveland, 16 Apr. 2021 Since then, Flaten has spent nights cleaning the pennies, which FOX 5 Atlanta said sat in a wheelbarrow in his garage. Julia Musto, Fox News, 3 Apr. 2021 Locals use the bicycles, which have a wheelbarrow-sized box attached at the front, to do the weekly shop or ferry children around. The Economist, 22 Feb. 2021 This cart is a big step up from a wheelbarrow with its quick-release dumping system, high clearance, easy-to-clean poly interior, and handle that swiftly switches between pulling and towing modes. Outdoor Life, 22 Mar. 2021 Once inside, Ramminger and two accomplices simply loaded a modern, operational AIM-9 missile into a wheelbarrow and wheeled it down the airstrip to his waiting Mercedes-Benz. Alex Hollings, Popular Mechanics, 21 Mar. 2021 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, 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 19 Jun. 2021.

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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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