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[lawr-ee] /ˈlɔr i/
a female given name, form of Laura.


[lawr-ee, lor-ee] /ˈlɔr i, ˈlɒr i/
noun, plural lorries.
Chiefly British. a motor truck, especially a large one.
any of various conveyances running on rails, as for transporting material in a mine or factory.
a long, low, horse-drawn wagon without sides.
Origin of lorry
1830-40; akin to dial. lurry to pull, drag, lug Unabridged
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Examples from the web for lorries
  • Hydrogen-powered cars and lorries have been running for decades.
  • But the main problem seems to be demand for goods and energy, as lorries carrying coal crawl endlessly towards the city.
  • Under cover of night it withdrew in lorries from wrecked seaside districts.
  • lorries and river barges use diesel, a source of particulates.
  • Luxury cars are looking fairly resilient so far, but sales of cheap cars and lorries are sliding.
  • Trains are more efficient and less polluting than lorries on all but the shortest routes.
  • High-speed lines also free up existing railways for cargo, keeping lorries off roads.
  • The market needed to move, he said, to give the lorries easier access.
  • With smart grids, there should be no need to send out lorries and ring doorbells when the power fails.
  • It has also been slow in dispatching tanker lorries along the empty highways north.
British Dictionary definitions for lorries


noun (pl) -ries
a large motor vehicle designed to carry heavy loads, esp one with a flat platform US and Canadian name truck See also articulated vehicle
(Brit, informal) off the back of a lorry, a phrase used humorously to imply that something has been dishonestly acquired: it fell off the back of a lorry
any of various vehicles with a flat load-carrying surface, esp one designed to run on rails
Word Origin
C19: perhaps related to northern English dialect lurry to pull, tug
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Word Origin and History for lorries



"a truck; a long, flat wagon," 1838, British railroad word, probably from verb lurry "to pull, tug" (1570s), of uncertain origin. Meaning "large motor vehicle for carrying goods" is first attested 1911.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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