[buhk-bawrd, -bohrd]
a light, four-wheeled carriage in which a long elastic board or lattice frame is used in place of body and springs.

1830–40, Americanism; obsolete buck body, holder (see bucket) + board

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buckboard (ˈbʌkˌbɔːd)
(US), (Canadian) an open four-wheeled horse-drawn carriage with the seat attached to a flexible board between the front and rear axles

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Word Origin & History

1839, "plank on wheels," from board (n.) + buck "body of a cart or wagon" (1690s), perhaps a dial. survival of O.E. buc "belly, body, trunk." As a type of vehicle constructed this way, from 1874.
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open, flat-bottomed, four-wheeled carriage in which a springy board fastened to the axles supplemented or served in place of actual springs. Springs, if present, were between the board and the seat and not attached to the axles.

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