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[hweel-bar-oh, weel-] /ˈʰwilˌbær oʊ, ˈwil-/
a frame or box for conveying a load, supported at one end by a wheel or wheels, and lifted and pushed at the other by two horizontal shafts.
verb (used with object)
to move or convey in a wheelbarrow.
Origin of wheelbarrow
1300-50; Middle English; see wheel, barrow1 Unabridged
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  • Also there were wheelbarrow races and other kinds of races and contests.

    The Historical Child Oscar Chrisman
  • Can you get yourself home from this spot, or shall I borrow a wheelbarrow and tote you there?

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
  • Aunt Deel and Uncle Peabody were coming in from the pasture lot with sacks of butternuts on a wheelbarrow.

    The Light in the Clearing Irving Bacheller
  • I 've sent Bob for your things with the wheelbarrow; what have you got?

    Joy (First Series Plays) John Galsworthy
  • I should be glad to see her even in a wheelbarrow for my part.

    Miss Mackenzie Anthony Trollope
  • A boy was going to wheel his little sister in a wheelbarrow.

    Common Science Carleton W. Washburne
  • He hadn't anything to leave but a wheelbarrow, and he left that to me.

  • Here we are at the landing, and there is the wheelbarrow brigade.

    Tabitha's Vacation Ruth Alberta Brown
  • The whole, packed on the wheelbarrow, was hastily rushed into the darkness by the rollicking three.

    The Eternal Boy Owen Johnson
British Dictionary definitions for wheelbarrow


a simple vehicle for carrying small loads, typically being an open container supported by a wheel at the front and two legs and two handles behind
(transitive) to convey in a wheelbarrow
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for wheelbarrow

mid-14c., from wheel (n.) + barrow (n.1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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