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dray

Syllabification: dray
Pronunciation: /drā
 
/

Definition of dray in English:

noun

A truck or cart for delivering beer barrels or other heavy loads, especially a low one without sides.
Example sentences
  • It is 30 years since Major John Bartholomew, former Wadworth chairman, decided to reintroduce shire horses to pull the drays that deliver beer to licensed premises in the town.
  • The Duke is calling in on the brewery to mark the 30th anniversary of the return of horse-drawn drays for delivering beer to licensed premises in the town.
  • He also said that a number of the drays that deliver the beer have been ‘debadged’ in a cost-saving measure.

Origin

late Middle English (denoting a sledge): perhaps from Old English dræge 'dragnet', related to dragan 'to pull' (see draw).

More
  • drag from (Middle English):

    The word drag comes from the same Old Norse root as draw (Old English), draught (Middle English), the type of cart known as a dray (Late Middle English), and possibly drudge (Middle English). The sense ‘a boring or tiresome person or thing’ developed in the early 19th century from the idea of an attachment that drags and hinders progress. The cumbersomeness of contemporary women's dress may also be behind the use of drag for ‘women's clothing worn by a man’, which is recorded from the 1870s. A street has been a drag since the middle of the 19th century. A description of London life in 1851 records a woman ‘whose husband has got a month for “griddling in the main drag” (singing in the high street)’. The term later became better known in the USA, especially in the main drag.

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