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 The red wheelbarrow upon which so much depends pleasantly evokes a hero of childhood, the Little Engine That Could. Danny Heitman, WSJ, "The Poetry of the Prosaic," 2 Oct. 2020 Without that lovely little adjective, the wheelbarrow might simply be a bland generality. Danny Heitman, WSJ, "The Poetry of the Prosaic," 2 Oct. 2020 Plastic wheelbarrow tires tend to have the lowest load capacities. Sian Babish, chicagotribune.com, "The best wheelbarrow tire," 1 Oct. 2020 The Worx Aerocart is a two-in-one wheelbarrow and dolly that can hold up to 300 pounds on its steel frame. Billy Cadden, Popular Science, "The best gardening tools for keeping your yard lush without the waste," 30 July 2020 Unlike a lot of YouTube gardening hosts, most of his advice doesn't revolve around having an enormous backyard and a wheelbarrow full of power tools. Matt Jancer, Wired, "13 YouTube Channels We Geek Out Over," 10 July 2020 The show puts its working stiff cast members through challenges that require physical strength and strategic thinking, tasks including hauling loads in a wheelbarrow along a narrow course, laying bricks, and putting down track along a railroad line. oregonlive, "CBS’ ‘Tough as Nails’: Oregon woman says competing on the blue-collar reality show was ‘an adventure'," 9 July 2020 At one point, the crowd rolled a wheelbarrow filled with bricks and rocks. Molly Beck, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Madison police rank-and-file and leaders differ on what their marching orders were during night of upheaval," 28 June 2020 Several coaches brought their families, and all assisted in handing out cold water out of the team’s wheelbarrow as temperatures sweltered in the mid-90s. Sam Blum, Dallas News, "SMU coach Sonny Dykes discusses why he attended protest against police brutality," 5 June 2020 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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“Wheelbarrow.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wheelbarrow. Accessed 28 Oct. 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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