Definition of rickshaw in English:


(also ricksha)


  • 1A light two-wheeled passenger vehicle drawn by one or more people, chiefly used in Asian countries.

    • ‘The road was a blur; a blur of traffic that ranged from modern cars to classic Asian rickshaws.’
    • ‘Cars and autos, cycles and rickshaws, scooters and even huge four-wheel vehicles squirm their way through the shrinking lanes.’
    • ‘We swung out of the bazaar, weaved through the rickshaws and donkey carts and the gaudily decorated buses and headed West.’
    • ‘He makes detailed models of motorcycles, bicycles, rickshaws and pedicabs just by using small pieces of electrical wire.’
    • ‘‘It is too expensive for us to travel by a taxi or a rickshaw and not all of the handicapped are affluent enough to afford their own car,’ he said.’
    • ‘When, during the rally, police tried to stop rickshaws entering the centre, protesters sat down in solidarity with the pullers.’
    • ‘It looked like a mixture between a small car, a motorcycle, and a rickshaw.’
    • ‘If the penalty points system was introduced it would wipe out 99 per cent of all traffic and all you would have left would be bicycles and rickshaws.’
    • ‘Participants found it worthwhile having a look at a stall with over a dozen miniature models of bicycles and rickshaws.’
    • ‘The youths, who had followed them for some distance, got on to the rickshaw and beat the rickshaw-puller and Ms Prem Lata.’
    • ‘I witnessed the panic as people fled the city in cars, lorries, motor cycles, bullock carts, bicycles, rickshaws, you name it.’
    • ‘I'm not talking about some futuristic Mad Max scenario where the oil runs out and we're forced to travel round in horse drawn carts and rickshaws.’
    • ‘Taxis, motorbikes, rickshaws and carts laden high with vegetables jostle for space in the congested main street.’
    • ‘Luxury cars jostle with bicycles and rickshaws at congested intersections.’
    • ‘Police quoted witnesses as saying the bomb, placed in a standing rickshaw and targeting a police van, was exploded by remote control, damaging both the van and the three-wheeler.’
    • ‘Besides autos, there are two-wheelers, transport buses, water lorries, rickshaws and cycles.’
    • ‘Cars, buses, pedestrians, mopeds and rickshaws weave erratically down the streets.’
    • ‘All over Southeast Asia rickshaws are the unsung vehicles that keep populations moving along congested streets and narrow alleyways, swinging deftly through multiple lanes of angry city traffic as quietly as worker ants.’
    • ‘Dorothy House is still looking for vehicles to add to the challenge and is appealing for loans of anything from ice cream vans to rickshaws.’
    • ‘He gave me a card released by the Bangalore City Traffic Police for the purpose of making complaints about the taxis and rickshaws.’
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      short for cycle rickshaw
      • ‘Dual lane highways will carry everything from pedal rickshaws to articulated trucks in all forms of disrepair, some having major workshop overhauls in the middle of the road, where they broke down.’
      • ‘Alongside late-model European, American and Japanese cars, one finds hand-pulled trolleys, horse-drawn trucks, bicycle carts and pedal-driven rickshaws.’
      • ‘This will mean that no two-stroke motorcycles, rickshaws or delivery vans, will be allowed to ply the roads of the metropolis.’


Late 19th century: abbreviation of jinricksha.