lorry

\ \ [19] The first record we have of the word lorry is from the northwest of England in the early 1830s, when it denoted a ‘low wagon’ (it was often used for railway wagons). The modern application to a motor vehicle emerged at the beginning of the 20th century. It is not clear where it came from, although it has been speculated that it was based on the personal name Laurie (perhaps someone called Laurie invented the vehicle). Another possibility is some connection with the Northern dialect verb lurrypull’.

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  • lorry — lorry …   Dictionnaire des rimes

  • lorry — [ lɔri ] n. m. • 1868; mot angl.; o. i. ♦ Ch. de fer Wagonnet plat employé dans les travaux de construction de voies ferrées. Des lorrys ou des lorries. ⊗ HOM. Lori, loris. ● lorry, lorries ou lorrys nom masculin (anglais lorry) Petit chariot… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • lorry — lor‧ry [ˈlɒri ǁ ˈlɔːri, ˈlɑːri] noun lorries PLURALFORM [countable] TRANSPORT a large motor vehicle for carrying heavy goods; = TRUCK: • a strike by lorry drivers • We now have a fleet of 65 …   Financial and business terms

  • Lorry — ist: das englische Wort für einen Lastkraftwagen Lorry Rail S.A., eine luxemburgische Transportgesellschaft Lorry lès Metz, eine Gemeinde im französischen Département Moselle Lorry Mardigny, eine Gemeinde im französischen Département Moselle …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • lorry — ► NOUN (pl. lorries) Brit. ▪ a large, heavy motor vehicle for transporting goods or troops. ● fall off of the back a lorry Cf. ↑fall off of the back a lorry ORIGIN perhaps from the given name Laurie …   English terms dictionary

  • lorry — [lôr′ē] n. pl. lorries [prob. < dial. lurry, lorry, to tug, pull] 1. a low, flat wagon without sides 2. any of various trucks fitted to run on rails 3. Brit. a motor truck …   English World dictionary

  • lorry — a truck; a long, flat wagon, 1838, British railroad word, probably from verb lurry to pull, tug (1570s), of uncertain origin. Meaning large motor vehicle for carrying goods is first attested 1911 …   Etymology dictionary

  • lorry — noun (BrE) ⇨ See also ↑truck ADJECTIVE ▪ big, heavy, huge, large ▪ ten ton, 12 tonne, etc. ▪ army …   Collocations dictionary

  • lorry — n. (BE) 1) to drive, operate a lorry (CE has truck) 2) an articulated lorry (AE has trailer truck) 3) a breakdown lorry (AE has tow truck) 4) a tipper lorry (AE has dump truck) * * * [ lɒrɪ] operate a lorry (CE has truck) (BE) to drive a tipper… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • lorry — [[t]lɒ̱ri, AM lɔ͟ːri[/t]] lorries 1) N COUNT A lorry is a large vehicle that is used to transport goods by road. [BRIT] ...a seven ton lorry. (in AM, use truck) 2) PHRASE: PHR after v If someone says that something has fallen off the back of a… …   English dictionary

  • lorry */*/ — UK [ˈlɒrɪ] / US [ˈlɔrɪ] noun [countable] Word forms lorry : singular lorry plural lorries British a truck I, 1) • off the back of a lorry …   English dictionary

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