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[sled] /slɛd/
a small vehicle consisting of a platform mounted on runners for use in traveling over snow or ice.
a sledge.
verb (used without object), sledded, sledding.
to coast, ride, or be carried on a sled.
verb (used with object), sledded, sledding.
to convey by sled.
Origin of sled
1350-1400; Middle English sledde < Middle Dutch; akin to German Schlitten sled, sleigh; cf. slide
Related forms
sledlike, adjective
Can be confused
sled, sledge, sleigh. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for sled
  • Our plan was to be put in by helicopter in the saddle along with our snowmobile and sled, and then to drive to the top.
  • You've got to stay dry, even when you're pulling a sled loaded down with gear.
  • Dog-sled rides are a mixture of sled training and sightseeing.
  • He will attempt a double back flip, another trick no sled rider is believed to have pulled off successfully.
  • For more sedentary outdoor activities, such as watching the aurora or riding a snowmobile or dog sled, you need warmer clothing.
  • Step on a dog sled and be carried away by the exuberance of a team in harness and the soft swish of sled runners on snow.
British Dictionary definitions for sled


Also called sleigh. a vehicle mounted on runners, drawn by horses or dogs, for transporting people or goods, esp over snow
a light wooden frame used, esp by children, for sliding over snow; toboggan
(NZ) a farm vehicle mounted on runners, for use on rough or muddy ground
to convey, travel, or go by sledge
Derived Forms
sledger, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Middle Dutch sleedse; C14 sled, from Middle Low German, from Old Norse slethi, related to slide
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Word Origin and History for sled

early 14c., "a dragged vehicle used for transport of heavy goods," from Middle Dutch sledde "sled," from Proto-Germanic *slid- (cf. Old Saxon slido, Old Norse sleði, Danish slæde, Swedish släde, Old High German slito, German Schlitten "sledge"), from the same root as Old English slidan (see slide (v.)). Not found in Old English. In reference to a sleigh used for travel or recreation, it is attested from 1580s, now mainly American English.


"transport on a sled," 1718; "ride on a sled," 1780, from sled (n.). Related: Sledded; sledding.

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