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[buhk-bawrd, -bohrd] /ˈbʌkˌbɔrd, -ˌboʊrd/
a light, four-wheeled carriage in which a long elastic board or lattice frame is used in place of body and springs.
Origin of buckboard
1830-40, Americanism; obsolete buck body, holder (see bucket) + board Unabridged
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  • But she only shook her haid–like she was hurt–and clumb into the buckboard.

    Alec Lloyd, Cowpuncher Eleanor Gates
  • There was nothing to do but wait for the other buckboard, which arrived in ten or fifteen minutes.

    Days Off Henry Van Dyke
  • His buckboard stood at the rail, the horses stamping impatiently.

  • Then he lifted the child from the buckboard and bore her to the house.

    The Watchers of the Plains Ridgewell Cullum
  • The rattle of the buckboard on the wet gravel drive brought Portlaw to his feet.

    The Firing Line Robert W. Chambers
  • It was the Colonel's buckboard which stood in need of oiling; I recognized the sound.

    The Four Pools Mystery Jean Webster
  • We ought to hitch that lazy old horse to the buckboard and make her pull the load up the hill.

    Girl Scouts at Dandelion Camp Lillian Elizabeth Roy
  • Meredith said to Helen, gravely, as he handed her out of the buckboard.

    The Gentleman From Indiana Booth Tarkington
  • A large jack-rabbit was loping slowly out of the way of the buckboard.

    The Watchers of the Plains Ridgewell Cullum
  • I was keeping abreast of the wagon, in my buckboard, away to the south of it.

    The Law-Breakers Ridgwell Cullum
British Dictionary definitions for buckboard


(US & Canadian) an open four-wheeled horse-drawn carriage with the seat attached to a flexible board between the front and rear axles
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for buckboard

1839, "plank on wheels," from board (n.1) + buck "body of a cart or wagon" (1690s), perhaps representing a dialectal survival of Old English buc "belly, body, trunk"(see bucket). As a type of vehicle constructed this way, from 1874.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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