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[rik-shaw, -shah] /ˈrɪk ʃɔ, -ʃɑ/
Also, ricksha, rikisha, rikshaw.
Origin of rickshaw
1885-90; by shortening and contraction Unabridged
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Examples from the web for rickshaw
  • One family lived in each house, often with a coterie of servants and rickshaw pullers.
  • The day's first arrivals are a barely literate rickshaw driver, an elderly couple and a call-centre worker.
  • White-hulled, blue-decked, as sleek as a torpedo the nineteen-foot vessel is strapped to a plywood rickshaw.
  • Yet it's capable of taking sharp, high-pixel density photos even from a bouncy rickshaw.
  • Well, essentially it is an auto rickshaw or three-wheeler attached to a motorbike.
  • Within cities and towns you can get around by taxi, mini bus or auto rickshaw.
  • It also provides a free rickshaw service to famous sites.
  • Others joined at every cross street, and an occasional bicycle-drawn rickshaw moved past the procession.
  • Some of the vignettes are memorable, such as one little drama involving white-suited colonials and rickshaw coolies.
  • It is preferable to hire a taxi or an auto-rickshaw.
British Dictionary definitions for rickshaw


Also called jinrikisha. a small two-wheeled passenger vehicle drawn by one or two men, used in parts of Asia
Also called trishaw. a similar vehicle with three wheels, propelled by a man pedalling as on a tricycle
See also autorickshaw
Word Origin
C19: shortened from jinrikisha
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Word Origin and History for rickshaw

1887, shortened form of jinrikisha, popularized by Kipling, from Japanese jin "a man" + riki "power" + sha "carriage."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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