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

Examples of wheelbarrow in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The trappings of suburban life fill the backyard: toolboxes, wheelbarrows, recycling bins. Azam Ahmed, New York Times, "Women Are Fleeing Death at Home. The U.S. Wants to Keep Them Out.," 18 Aug. 2019 The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that the retailer this week told workers who assemble products like barbecue grills and wheelbarrows, as well as janitors, that their jobs will be eliminated and outsourced to third-party vendors. Sarah Min, CBS News, "Lowe's to lay off thousands of workers," 1 Aug. 2019 The Salvation Army deliveries were made in neighborhoods where people would line the streets with wheelbarrows, buggies, baskets and even baby carriages to pick up their ice. Dawn Mitchell, Indianapolis Star, "The Penny Ice Fund was a lifesaver for Indianapolis' needy," 19 July 2019 The neighbor, using profanities, warned the landscaper not to move his wheelbarrow onto her property. Bob Sandrick, cleveland.com, "Wanted man arrested in his yard; woman yells at neighbor, landscaper: Berea police blotter," 19 July 2019 Brick-sized blocks of Libyan dinars bulge from suitcases or are spirited away in wheelbarrows. Nabih Bulos, latimes.com, "What’s for sale at this outdoor market? Cold, hard cash," 11 July 2019 Funes founded his farm, Finca Marta, nearly eight years ago with a pick, shovel and wheelbarrow on a 20-acre rise. Kevin Spear, orlandosentinel.com, "Cuban farmer feeds hunger for better way of life," 10 July 2019 Micano Home and Garden‘s artful displays hold unique items such as wheelbarrows transformed into tables and Edison bulb lamps made from old gears and rotary phones. Erin E. Williams, Twin Cities, "Stunning vistas, modern museums, quirky shops make Reno a favorite for tourists," 22 June 2019 Maintenance crews worked the area for about 15 minutes with push brooms and wheelbarrows filled until it was dried back out and play resumed. Kyle Fredrickson, The Denver Post, "Rockies’ infielder Ryan McMahon given chance to seize second base," 16 June 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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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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