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 a house in the Hollywood Hills, his trucks hadn’t been able to fit in the entranceway, so his crew had had to shovel the snow into wheelbarrows and then wheel it up to the property. Brent Crane, The New Yorker, "Want Snow on Your Palm Trees? Easy.," 6 Jan. 2020 On garden paths, a surface covering diffuses pressure from footsteps, wheelbarrow wheels and tractor tires. Washington Post, "Cover your ground, for your plants’ sake," 22 Oct. 2019 Over at Musheer market, once an exchange price is agreed upon, traders hire one of the wheelbarrow boys to pack the cash in trash or opaque plastic bags before pushing them through the souk. Nabih Bulos, latimes.com, "What’s for sale at this outdoor market? Cold, hard cash," 11 July 2019 East County Summers Past Farms: Wander through the pumpkin patch and fill your wheelbarrow with your favorite picks during the week. Carolina Gusman, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Your 2019 guide to pumpkin patches around San Diego County," 2 Oct. 2019 Keep tools, hoses, wheelbarrows and other equipment put away so that there’s no chance of tripping over them. oregonlive, "How to create a garden that’s accessible to all," 2 Sep. 2019 Put a dead body in a vessel with some wood chips, alfalfa and straw and in about a month, the corpse will yield approximately four large wheelbarrows full of fluffy soil. Neil Senturia, San Diego Union-Tribune, "What do talking to strangers and pitching to investors have in common?," 29 Sep. 2019 One volunteer pushed a wheelbarrow filled with fireworks. Sameer Rao, baltimoresun.com, "A river runs through it: Neighbors, environmentalists and Baltimore agencies team up to clean Lower Herring Run Park," 29 Sep. 2019 This works for wheelbarrows as well as mobility devices. oregonlive, "How to create a garden that’s accessible to all," 2 Sep. 2019 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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27 Jan 2020

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“Wheelbarrow.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wheelbarrowed. Accessed 27 January 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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