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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, sleigh1; cf. slide
Related forms
sledlike, adjective
Can be confused
sled, sledge, sleigh. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • There was no time to ask more about the "sledded Polacks," for at that moment the train stopped with a jerk and we got off.

    I Walked in Arden Jack Crawford
  • Not for nothing was he a butcher's son, wielding the sledded poleaxe and spitting in his palms.

    Ulysses James Joyce
  • Fuel had been sledded up, and after attending to the details of water and fire, the boys hurried home.

    Wells Brothers Andy Adams
  • For 'the sledded Polacks' Molke reads 'his leaded pole-axe.'

    Ephemera Critica John Churton Collins
  • A bushel o' thet corn, sledded over ter ther nighest store fotches in mebby forty cents.

    When 'Bear Cat' Went Dry Charles Neville Buck
  • Then, the last time he slipped, he sledded past the man who led him, sliding down the slope of a glass-slick slope.

    The Time Traders Andre Norton
Word Origin and History for sledded



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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