Definition of piggyback in English:

piggyback

noun

  • A ride on someone's back and shoulders.

    ‘he always gives us a piggyback up the stairs to bed’
    • ‘Did she really allow you to give her a piggyback?’
    • ‘Colin and I were walking up the road in town when he decided he would rather have a piggyback.’
    • ‘I'll give Mike a piggyback into the party so he can arrive in style……’
    • ‘He was sitting on a picnic bench, leaning forward while Jane was grabbing on for a piggyback ride.’
    • ‘Kristin was getting a piggyback ride from someone else and we were talking about how pretty it all was.’
    • ‘I slowed down and asked him for a piggyback ride.’
    • ‘And then he saw Jackson giving the boy a piggyback ride back into the house.’
    • ‘Pilar rode piggyback on Evelyn's back all of the way to the front gate of the fair.’
    • ‘They poke and slap at one another, while Victoria jumps on Sabrina for a piggyback ride.’
    • ‘I suggested to my girlfriend that I give her a piggyback ride to the phone.’
    • ‘Finally, he settled by giving her a piggyback ride.’
    • ‘So guess who was forced to give a piggyback ride?’
    • ‘He caught her and it almost looked like he was giving her a piggyback ride.’
    • ‘He lifted me up on his back and gave me a piggyback ride downstairs.’
    • ‘‘You can stay beside me, but no piggyback,’ Dallas said.’
    • ‘I jumped on his back for my piggyback ride downstairs.’
    • ‘My daughter just asked me for a piggyback ride and I had to pass.’
    • ‘He laughed and then grabbed her legs and ran around giving her a piggyback ride.’
    • ‘Now, for that, give me a piggyback ride back up this hill.’
    • ‘He gave me a piggyback ride into the main building, and didn't put me down even when we were inside.’

adjective

  • 1On the back and shoulders of another person.

    ‘a piggyback ride’
    • ‘I'd had the foresight to wear my waterproof hiking boots, so to save my wife's shoes from ruin I gave her a piggyback ride while she held the umbrella.’
    • ‘So he's giving her a piggyback ride down the stairs.’
    • ‘I suggested to my girlfriend that I give her a piggyback ride to the phone.’
    • ‘Here’s the priceless moment between David and his mom as he gives her a piggyback ride as a part of Korean wedding tradition.’
    • ‘Now the younger monk was perturbed by his friend's conduct because their monastic code forbade them touching a woman, much less giving her a piggyback ride.’
    1. 1.1 Attached to or riding on a larger object.
      ‘a telescope with fittings for piggyback cameras’
      • ‘Years ago there was a local piggyback tax, which meant the local governments would have tax rates of 50% or 60% of the state tax.’
      • ‘Then a physician at Oxford University offered to include him in a test of a new piggyback device - an "axial flow pump" that pushes blood in a continuous stream (no pulse) through the heart's left ventricle and out into the body.’
      • ‘This is another piggyback device and your bike returns to previous state when removed from your bike.’
      • ‘Piggyback mounts allow a camera to be mounted parallel to the axis of a telescope, such that camera and telescope are pointed at the same target.’
      • ‘The top carry handle also includes a 1/2-20 stud for piggyback camera mounting.’

adverb

  • On the back and shoulders of another person.

    ‘I had to carry him piggyback’
    • ‘Next thing you know, Karen was on top of my friend, banging her on the head with some sort of a plush toy… riding Glenn piggyback all over the place.’
    • ‘Ben grasped Maya's legs and stood, proceeding to carry her piggyback down the apartment's short corridor to the kitchen.’
    • ‘He flipped me round so now I was riding piggyback.’
    • ‘They playfully rode piggyback on their team-mates' shoulders, duelling each other with loaded bottles of champagne.’
    • ‘She had been carrying Chase piggyback for some time, and now he was out cold.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Carry by or as if by means of a piggyback.

    ‘I'll piggyback you the rest of the way’
    • ‘‘Don't suppose you want to piggyback me there,’ Joaquin chided as they started to walk.’
    • ‘My eyes brimmed with tears, reminded of all the times he piggybacked me, of all the times he kissed away my tears and all our passionate kisses.’
    • ‘We walked over there, although Karen was so tired I ended up piggybacking her part of the way.’
    • ‘She thought that he was going to stand and basically piggyback her to the South Exit, but she was wrong.’
    • ‘We were taken as prisoners, they forced just to walk miles and miles, we can't escape, and me and Keiko piggybacked you the whole way.’
    • ‘Her three teammates piggybacked her to the next checkpoint. "It was pretty humiliating," she said.’
    • ‘Lexi had fallen asleep, so her dad piggybacked her to the village.’
    • ‘With his warm chubby arms around my neck, I piggybacked him about the yard, feeling the eyes of my family watching us through the windows.’
    • ‘Sighing heavily and muttering a few choice words about his lazy companion, he begrudgingly hauled her onto his back and piggybacked her all the way back to their apartment.’
    • ‘He piggybacked her all the way down the path, despite her loud complaints and squeals.’
    • ‘How fast could I get there carrying a plastic grocery sack of food in one hand, a dog on a leash with the other, and piggybacking a four-year-old boy?’
    • ‘I'm going to piggyback you back to camp before it gets dark.’
    • ‘"He took her to the hospital,"' Dr. Brown said. "'Then after her foot was put in a cast, he piggybacked her to the bus."’
    • ‘I sighed in relief and released my death grip from Stephan's neck while he was piggybacking me.’
    • ‘She pulled him onto her back as if she was piggybacking him and she struggled to doggy - paddle to the shore.’
    1. 1.1 Link to or take advantage of (an existing system or body of work)
      ‘they have piggybacked their own networks on to the system’
      • ‘The next time we are having a referendum, we should just piggyback this change on it.’
      • ‘Another example is to piggyback additional missions on existing platforms, such as putting a science experiment on a relay satellite.’
      • ‘Instead, he said he intends to piggyback his intelligent computing network on mobile phone networks.’
      • ‘I have to upload some code so I'll piggyback the signal on another station and have a sneak around.’
      • ‘They won't be able to piggyback a lot of new services on carriage rights.’
      • ‘Local garden centers may stock smaller quantities or piggyback your order with that of another customer.’
      • ‘They are just seeking to piggyback themselves onto a benefit to which they are not entitled.’
      • ‘Instead, Austrian shares are increasingly being seen as a way for investors to piggyback the economic upswing across the EU's accession states.’
      • ‘There are additional benefits to piggybacking some personal vacation time onto your business travel.’
      • ‘Since they decided to bring this to the forefront we should take credit for it and piggyback our new progressive ideas on its back.’
      • ‘At the same time the company's sites piggybacked their networks onto the Internet’
      • ‘The answer it that the Japanese are going to piggyback it on the launch of another satellite.’
      • ‘A SOF distribution system is required to piggyback existing distribution nodes only as needed and maintain asset visibility to ensure prioritization, timeliness, and accountability.’
      • ‘If you're already using an online backup or storage service, you can piggyback your file transfers on top of it.’
      • ‘The charity initially piggybacked food distribution by Oxfam to supply vaccines after the 1994 drought.’
    2. 1.2no object Use existing work or an existing product as a basis or support.
      ‘yesterday's experiment piggybacks on previous trials’
      • ‘They can only piggyback off an existing connection.’
      • ‘But if there's anything worse than a fad product it's the copycats that try to piggyback on that popularity.’
      • ‘It should look at linking with these players and piggybacking on their market dominance.’
      • ‘A large proportion of the self-employed acquire coverage in health and dental plans by piggybacking on the employer-sponsored plan of a spouse or close relative.’
      • ‘The natural conclusion of this argument is simple - we either consolidate ourselves or elect to piggyback on a sub-contract basis to the big guys in the game.’
      • ‘It's like she's piggybacking on my empathic ability.’
      • ‘However, the company has signalled its intention to enter the mobile market either by buying an existing player or by piggybacking on an another operator's network.’
      • ‘The plan depends on a sort of ‘shadow’ network, one that piggybacks on the Internet.’
      • ‘When user logs into his bank's website, the attacker piggybacks on that session via the Trojan to make any fraudulent transaction he wants.’
      • ‘Poker is one of the fastest growing areas of online gambling across the globe, piggybacking on the expanding popularity of the game that has followed a glut of new TV shows around the world.’
      • ‘Well, for one, I'm piggybacking on his skill as a writer to get more sales of a book than I would have on my own.’
      • ‘Our statutory and constitutional law is very ill-equipped to deal with the challenge of government piggybacking on private data collection.’
      • ‘That was why they piggybacked on this event that gets international media coverage in order to get attention.’
      • ‘For one thing, piggybacking on existing dealers and steering clear of pricey TV spots will keep costs low.’
      • ‘As much as possible, designers seek to piggyback on existing patterns and concepts instead of starting from scratch.’
      • ‘And now we are piggybacking on their system, or at least looking at the viability of that.’
      • ‘Desperate copywriters use the ‘in the tradition of’ device, piggybacking on another writer's fame.’
      • ‘We're piggybacking on the increasing requirements for data and the new data standards that are emerging.’
      • ‘The tiny carbon cycle is piggybacking on the huge water cycle (clouds included), not driving it.’
      • ‘Spyware usually enter your PC by piggybacking on other software downloads.’

Origin

Mid 16th century (as an adverb): the word's origins are uncertain.

Pronunciation

piggyback

/ˈpɪɡɪbak/