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[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 lorry
  • The lorry would have headed to a port and unloaded its cargo, bolt by bolt, into a dockside warehouse.
  • It was said to be hidden in a lorry piled with farm produce, a common means of concealment.
  • It is the box itself that matters to the crane operators, shipping lines, railways and lorry drivers that handle them.
  • Many make the journey on foot, as lorry drivers are scared to transport them.
  • Some car and lorry drivers try to exploit this aerodynamic effect by tailgating big trucks to reduce their own fuel consumption.
  • On inquiry, it emerged the money came from bribes routinely paid by bus and lorry drivers.
  • Power is cut for four hours a day and deliveries by lorry that should take three days take nine.
  • Its shoots are gathered daily, packed in bags or wrapped in leaves and carried by lorry to noontime markets.
  • Now it was deployed to getting a law degree, studying at night and driving a lorry by day.
  • It could be transported on a ship, train or big lorry.
British Dictionary definitions for lorry


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 lorry

"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.

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