Definition of wagoner in English:


(British waggoner)


  • The driver of a horse-drawn wagon.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He was many years horse feeder and waggoner for the late William Jackson, stage wagon proprietor of Fairburn.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘The wagoners were terrified and whipped the oxen into charging.’
    • ‘His father, Robert, was a waggoner with Bowman's Removals, in York.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Only a few men were hired, waggoners ranging from £18 to £22.’
    • ‘The wagoner's job was to load the wagon with feed for the regiment's horses and mules and to drive it.’
    • ‘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.’


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