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rikisha

or rikshaw

[rik-shaw, -shah] /ˈrɪk ʃɔ, -ʃɑ/
noun

rickshaw

or ricksha, rikisha, rikshaw

[rik-shaw, -shah] /ˈrɪk ʃɔ, -ʃɑ/
noun
Origin of rickshaw
1885-1890
1885-90; by shortening and contraction
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  • He took from under the seat of his rikisha a green bag, such as lawyers in the United States used to carry.

    A Yankee in the Far East George Hoyt Allen
  • Didn't I make a deal with you last night to be my rikisha boy today?

    A Yankee in the Far East George Hoyt Allen
  • The rikisha man, who sat near and was watching the dead, said in his vulgar tone: Not a drunkard, but a Buddha!

  • The charge is only two and one-half cents for a ride, but it costs ten cents for a rikisha boy to take you to the car.

    A Yankee in the Far East George Hoyt Allen
  • He was kind enough to find me a 'rikisha man and a pusher and to instruct them to take me at once to Uyeno Park.

    The Old World and Its Ways William Jennings Bryan
  • He then left me and the 'rikisha men followed his instructions to the letter.

    The Old World and Its Ways William Jennings Bryan
  • Say "man, man" to your rikisha coolie when you leave him and you'll find him right there waiting for you when you come back.

    A Yankee in the Far East George Hoyt Allen
  • The 'rikisha was invented by a Methodist missionary some thirty years ago and at once sprang into popularity.

    The Old World and Its Ways William Jennings Bryan
  • I will send you in good Tanaka's 'rikisha, he will take good care of you and bring you back at tiffin time.

    Captain June Alice Hegan Rice
  • One of the governors informed me that 'rikisha men sometimes cover seventy-five miles of level road in a day.

    The Old World and Its Ways William Jennings Bryan
British Dictionary definitions for rikisha

rickshaw

/ˈrɪkʃɔː/
noun
1.
Also called jinrikisha. a small two-wheeled passenger vehicle drawn by one or two men, used in parts of Asia
2.
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 rikisha

rickshaw

n.

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

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