One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A wagon or cart.
wagon, carriageView synonyms
- ‘You would have heard the marching feet of soldiers then, and the rumble of hooves and the creak of the wheels of wains.’
- ‘Out of the East men were moving endlessly: swordsmen, spearmen, bowmen upon horses, chariots of chieftains and laden wains.’
- ‘At times, the road was little more than a narrow trail, and loaded wains had great difficulty passing through these bottlenecks, having to smash their way through dense underbrush.’
- 1.1short for Charles's Wain
Old English wæg(e)n, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch wagen and German Wagen, also to way and weigh.
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