Main definitions of barrow in English

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barrow1

noun

British
  • 1A two-wheeled handcart used especially by street vendors.

    ‘they sell fruit from market barrows’
    • ‘The type of market stalls allowable will include, any wheeled or movable stall or box, barrow or cart.’
    • ‘There were some barrows with a political message, like to one containing just a pile of manure with a sign saying Sponsored by Brussels.’
    • ‘Indeed, I could have loaded them all onto a borrowed costermonger's barrow and shifted them myself if I'd needed to.’
    • ‘This man is selling bottles of soft drink from a barrow.’
    • ‘Fleet Street was choked with red-headed folk, and Pope's Court looked like a coster's orange barrow.’
    • ‘Sold from just about every avenue one could imagine (from shops to basements to barrows in the street), the drink played into the prevalent violence and insecurity in a dramatic and disastrous way.’
    • ‘In their distinctive uniform, and pushing their information barrows, the Navigators provide everything from directions to city tourist attractions through to where to buy a coffee table.’
    • ‘‘Dollar, dollar, dollar,’ rang through the air from all directions and people huddled around barrows freshly loaded with the end-of-week bargains.’
    • ‘He started a fruit barrow down the bottom of Queen Street.’
    • ‘This was a true family business rooted in Balham, for John's brothers Albert and Billy also manned barrows there, while stallholder Bobby Kelly, who died this year aged 97, was a second cousin.’
    • ‘The barrow was used from the 1930s to hold Garsons Farm produce which was sold at Borough Market in London Bridge.’
    • ‘Pete had a lovely barrow, everything at chest height.’
    • ‘Many market stall operators are second, third or fourth generation families born and bred with the tradition, and have occupied the same pitch with barrows being handed down as part of the legacy.’
    • ‘Business boomed and soon the McIvers had over 300 barrows.’
    • ‘Usually an alley was an access path wide enough to permit passage of a large barrow or cart from a lot in the interior of a block to a street.’
    • ‘He came to a corner, but she was lost in the crowd around a line of street barrows selling clothing and a little food.’
    • ‘York's seven Visitor Information Patrols are rolling out their barrows and are ready to welcome tourists to the city.’
    • ‘A friend of mine had a barrow in Wilton Shopping Centre in Cork but he had nothing to sell.’
    • ‘These were all purchased from street barrows when second-hand books were sold at a cost of about sixpence each.’
    • ‘Time was getting on, but, fortunately, there was a flower seller's barrow at the end of the footbridge and I stopped and started to select flowers for a handsome bouquet.’
    handcart, pushcart, trolley, barrow, wheelbarrow
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    1. 1.1A wheelbarrow.
      • ‘I'm pretty sceptical about this system as the dustbin tends to rock forwards and backwards in the barrow splashing everywhere.’
      • ‘Little Brother came down the path, wheeling his barrow.’
      • ‘He took a short cut across the fields to save 200 yards but had to lift the barrow and its contents over 11 stiles.’
      • ‘I suspect it's for harvesting turnips - slice underneath, stab with the hook and throw in the barrow - but whatever, it's an vintage piece of kit.’
      • ‘We diligently found fallen trees and branches, cut them into logs and wheeled them up the hill in the barrow to the hostel.’
      • ‘Now Dennis has turned his dream into reality, he believes he is about to cash in on a small fortune from other builders who, like him, are tired of struggling with their barrows.’
      • ‘When you get to the last trench, fill it with the soil from the barrow.’
      • ‘The Croft garden doesn't have many large trees from which we can gather more than a barrow or two of leaves, but of those we do have - rowan and Norway maple - put on a colourful show before leaf-fall.’
      • ‘Ireland's popular gardener Gerry Daly dispensed barrows and pots full of helpful information for all types of gardens in a varied and interesting talk in Abbeyleix, Manor Hotel on Thursday last March 23.’
      • ‘She gathered two stacks of hay into a wheelbarrow and pushed the barrow to the stall that was vacant.’
      • ‘Hundreds of navigators, ‘navvies,’ were employed to dig the canals with only spades, picks, barrows and horse and cart.’
      • ‘Cory hastily drained the bottle, recapped it and laid it in the barrow, then seized the handles.’
      • ‘A gardener's wheelbarrow parked outside the Waterlily House had an old Victoria Lily leaf sitting in it (taking up most of the barrow, folded over twice).’
      • ‘The children built their own BMX course anyway, on waste ground where it harmed nobody, erecting jumps with barrows and spades.’
      • ‘The rink will literally be smashed up, the ice wheeled out in barrows and deposited in an environmentally friendly fashion.’
      • ‘Wheeling barrow loads of cement certainly tickles the old palate as I discovered in one previous existence.’

Origin

Old English bearwe ‘stretcher, bier’, of Germanic origin; related to bear.

Pronunciation:

barrow

/ˈbarəʊ/

Main definitions of barrow in English

: barrow1barrow2

barrow2

noun

Archaeology
  • An ancient burial mound.

    • ‘There's something other-worldly about the Orkney Islands, with its legions of lichen-clad standing stones, which sprout from ancient barrows against the spectacular northern sky.’
    • ‘The most likely source of destruction is now from badgers which have already caused much damage to barrows, burial sites and other monuments.’
    • ‘Nonetheless, three ring ditches, one definitely a barrow, and cremation and inhumation burials - some placed deliberately in the pit alignments - were found amongst the fields.’
    • ‘The only comparisons we know are two Early Bronze Age barrows in Northamptonshire, at Irthlingborough, and Gayhurst.’
    • ‘Believing that associated cremation burials might be lost, archaeologists cleared the barrow to the top of the original earth mound, which was only 50 cm high.’
    • ‘Throughout his career since leaving Cambridge he pursued an interest in archaeology, at first studying barrows and burial sites and later hillforts.’
    • ‘As in many monument complexes, burials were inserted into existing mounds, and barrows were built among and onto them.’
    • ‘But barrows, tombs, sacred springs, stone circles and surviving customs are satisfactory starting points for the study of non-revealed religious or magical rites.’
    • ‘Human activity on the Plain can be traced back at least 4,000 years - as ancient tracks, barrows (grave-mounds) and field systems testify.’
    • ‘With its prehistoric burial mounds, barrows and encampments, its feudal laws and time-trapped settlements, the New Forest is anything but.’
    • ‘Over 50 site types include stone and timber circles, rows, barrows and tombs of all sorts, surviving and destroyed’
    • ‘There can be few more evocative sites in the British landscape than ancient barrows of the Neolithic and Bronze Ages.’
    • ‘In response, English Heritage funded excavation of the prehistoric barrow mound at Woodnesborough, near Sandwich, in the field where it was uncovered.’
    • ‘In the west country a few burials of this date in stone-lined cists are known, and around the river Humber a localized tradition of inhumation burials under square barrows developed.’
    • ‘Similar Bronze Age cemeteries consisting of many small barrows have been found elsewhere in Essex, for example at Ardleigh and Brightlingsea.’
    • ‘In prehistoric Britain early agricultural communities deposited their dead in communal, highly visible locations such as chambered tombs, barrows and burial cairns.’
    • ‘He was at the burial barrows this morning, he remembers.’
    • ‘Across Britain and Ireland there are thousands of Iron Age barrows and burial mounds, and hundreds of Iron Age hill forts.’
    • ‘His activities in the field included excavation, digging into barrows around Stonehenge, and his fieldwork at Stonehenge and Avebury was published in two books in 1740 and 1743.’
    • ‘Roman-period burials and other finds are fairly common on the sites of Neolithic and Bronze Age barrows.’
    barrow, tumulus
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Origin

Old English beorg, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch berg, German Berg hill, mountain.

Pronunciation:

barrow

/ˈbarəʊ/