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dray

[drey] /dreɪ/
noun
1.
a low, strong cart without fixed sides, for carrying heavy loads.
2.
a sledge or sled.
3.
any vehicle, as a truck, used to haul goods, especially one used to carry heavy loads.
verb (used with object)
4.
to convey on a dray.
verb (used without object)
5.
to drive or operate a dray, especially as an occupation.
6.
to convey goods by dray, especially locally or for short distances.
Origin of dray
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English draye sledge; compare Old English draeg- (in drægnet dragnet), akin to dragan to draw
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  • Look at the race and dray horse, or at the greyhound and mastiff.
British Dictionary definitions for dray

dray1

/dreɪ/
noun
1.
  1. a low cart without fixed sides, used for carrying heavy loads
  2. (in combination): a drayman
2.
any other vehicle or sledge used to carry a heavy load
Word Origin
Old English dræge dragnet; related to Old Norse draga load of timber carried on horseback and trailing on the ground; see draw

dray2

/dreɪ/
noun
1.
a variant spelling of drey

drey

/dreɪ/
noun
1.
a squirrel's nest
Word Origin
C17: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for dray
n.

mid-14c., Middle English noun derivative of Old English dragan "to draw," originally meaning a cart without wheels that has to be "dragged" (cf. Old Norse draga "timber dragged behind a horse"); see drag (v.).

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