Definition of German wagon in English:

German wagon


  • An open horse-drawn wagon of simple construction.

    ‘I would rather die than let anybody see me riding in a German wagon’
    • ‘When she took ill, he took her and their son Heinrich in one of the German wagons down south for medical aid.’
    • ‘He brought a couple of monkey organs to the fair on a German wagon.’
    • ‘In 1866, the missionaries set out in two large German wagons on their trip north to the Lake Hope area.’
    • ‘Farmers converged on the siding with their cans of cream in a variety of conveyances—horse and cart, horse and buggy, German wagon, wheelbarrow.’
    • ‘When their vessels were filled with fruit, they carried them off to the German wagon and emptied their contents therein.’
    • ‘Their houses were built of brick with iron roofs painted green or red, their horses were well bred, their harness was strong, their spring carts were called German wagons.’
    • ‘Other popular events were picnics at the river—a matter of all aboard the covered German wagon—and Sunday visits after church to relatives.’
    • ‘During such situations, another farmer would drive up on a German wagon with a tank to be filled.’
    • ‘The German wagon is significantly different from the types of transport used by other settlers in Australia.’
    • ‘I generally take twelve bags by means of a team of three horses and a German wagon.’


Mid 19th century: from an association with German migrants, particularly in South Australia.