Definition of wagoner in US English:


(British waggoner)


  • The driver of a horse-drawn wagon.

    • ‘By the early 1850s clashes between Indians and wagoners were so common that the travelers often took great pains to hide burials in unmarked graves in the middle of the trail.’
    • ‘He was many years horse feeder and waggoner for the late William Jackson, stage wagon proprietor of Fairburn.’
    • ‘These were the haunts of the pawn brokers and the money lenders, of wagoners and bootleg whiskey makers, of whores and pimps and opium dealers.’
    • ‘The wagoner's job was to load the wagon with feed for the regiment's horses and mules and to drive it.’
    • ‘Only a few men were hired, waggoners ranging from £18 to £22.’
    • ‘His father, Robert, was a waggoner with Bowman's Removals, in York.’
    • ‘The wagoners were terrified and whipped the oxen into charging.’
    • ‘Unions between Spanish men and Indian women produced mestizo offspring, who grew into the artisans and laborers of colonial towns or the herdspeople and wagoners of the early countryside.’
    • ‘‘Okay, let's get going now,’ Sterling urged as he went up to the wagoner's seat, ready to take off.’
    • ‘The Fort Meade monthly report does not record the names of the mission's enlisted men, but it is unlikely a wagoner and cook would have been left behind on a long march.’


Mid 16th century: from Dutch wagenaar, from wagen (see wagon).