any of various kinds of four-wheeled vehicles designed to be pulled or having its own motor and ranging from a child's toy to a commercial vehicle for the transport of heavy loads, delivery, etc.
Informal. station wagon.
a police van for transporting prisoners; patrol wagon: The fight broke up before the wagon arrived.
(initial capital letter) Astronomy. Charles's Wain. See Big Dipper.
British. a railway freight car or flatcar.
a baby carriage.
Archaic. a chariot.
verb (used with object)
to transport or convey by wagon.
verb (used without object)
to proceed or haul goods by wagon: It was strenuous to wagon up the hill. Also, especially British, waggon.
circle the wagons. circle ( def 23 ).
fix someone's wagon, Slang. to get even with or punish someone: He'd better mind his own business or I'll really fix his wagon.
hitch one's wagon to a star, to have a high ambition, ideal, or purpose: It is better to hitch one's wagon to a star than to wander aimlessly through life.
off the/one's wagon, Slang.
again drinking alcoholic beverages after a period of abstinence: His failure to show up at work is one more sign that he’s fallen off the wagon again.
returning to an unhealthy or bad habit: I’m usually on a diet, but sometimes I go off my wagon.
on the wagon, Slang. abstaining from a current or former bad habit, as smoking, overeating, excessive drinking of alcoholic beverages, or taking drugs: She's been on the wagon for a month, now, so please don't offer her a drink. Also, on the water wagon;, British, on the water cart.

1505–15; < Dutch wagen; cognate with Old English wægn wain

wagonless, adjective

1. cart, van, wain, truck, dray, lorry.
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wagon or waggon (ˈwæɡən)
1.  any of various types of wheeled vehicles, ranging from carts to lorries, esp a vehicle with four wheels drawn by a horse, tractor, etc, and used for carrying crops, heavy loads, etc
2.  (Brit) a railway freight truck, esp an open one
3.  (US), (Canadian) a child's four-wheeled cart
4.  (US), (Canadian) a police van for transporting prisoners and those arrested
5.  chiefly (US), (Canadian) See station wagon
6.  an obsolete word for chariot
7.  informal off the wagon no longer abstaining from alcoholic drinks
8.  informal on the wagon abstaining from alcoholic drinks
9.  (tr) to transport by wagon
[C16: from Dutch wagenwain]
waggon or waggon
[C16: from Dutch wagenwain]
'wagonless or waggon
'waggonless or waggon

Wagon or Waggon (ˈwæɡən)
the Wagon another name for the Plough
Waggon or Waggon

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Word Origin & History

1523, from M.Du. wagen, waghen, from P.Gmc. *wagnaz (cf. O.E. wægn, Mod.Eng. wain, O.S., O.H.G. wagan, O.N. vagn, O.Fris. wein, Ger. Wagen), from PIE *woghnos, from *wegh- "to carry, to move" (cf. Skt. vahanam "vessel, ship," Gk. okhos, L. vehiculum, O.C.S. vozu "carriage, chariot," Rus. povozka,
Lith. vazis "a small sledge," O.Ir. fen, Welsh gwain "carriage, cart;" see weigh). In Du. and Ger., the general word for "a wheel vehicle;" Eng. use is a result of contact through Flemish immigration, Dutch trade, or the Continental wars. It has largely displaced the native cognate, wain. Spelling preference varied randomly between -g- and -gg- from mid-18c., before Amer.Eng. settled on the etymological wagon, while waggon remained common in Great Britain. Wagon train is attested from 1810. Phrase on the wagon "abstaining from alcohol" is 1904, originally on the water cart.
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Bible Dictionary

Wagon definition

Heb. aghalah; so rendered in Gen. 45:19, 21, 27; 46:5; Num. 7:3, 7,8, but elsewhere rendered "cart" (1 Sam. 6:7, etc.). This vehicle was used for peaceful purposes. In Ezek. 23:24, however, it is the rendering of a different Hebrew word, and denotes a war-chariot.

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Idioms & Phrases


see fix someone's wagon; hitch one's wagon; on the bandwagon; on the wagon.

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Example sentences
It is overwhelmingly the private sector that creates wealth, and pulls the
Shortly, however, the wheels started coming off his wagon.
They seem to have jumped on the band wagon of the popular sensationalist press.
The climate change band wagon has curtailed real science.
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