Definition of piggyback in English:


Syllabification: pig·gy·back
Pronunciation: /ˈpiɡēˌbak


A ride on someone’s back and shoulders.
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  • Now, for that, give me a piggyback ride back up this hill.
  • Colin and I were walking up the road in town when he decided he would rather have a piggyback.
  • I'll give Mike a piggyback into the party so he can arrive in style……


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1On the back and shoulders of another person: a piggyback ride
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  • Here’s the priceless moment between David and his mom as he gives her a piggyback ride as a part of Korean wedding tradition.
  • I'd had the foresight to wear my waterproof hiking boots, so to save my wife's shoes from ruin I gave her a piggyback ride while she held the umbrella.
  • Now the younger monk was perturbed by his friend's conduct because their monastic code forbade them touching a woman, much less giving her a piggyback ride.
1.1Attached to or riding on a larger object: a telescope with fittings for piggyback cameras
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  • The top carry handle also includes a 1/2-20 stud for piggyback camera mounting.
  • Piggyback mounts allow a camera to be mounted parallel to the axis of a telescope, such that camera and telescope are pointed at the same target.
  • Then a physician at Oxford University offered to include him in a test of a new piggyback device - an "axial flow pump" that pushes blood in a continuous stream (no pulse) through the heart's left ventricle and out into the body.


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On the back and shoulders of another person: he had to carry him piggyback
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  • Ben grasped Maya's legs and stood, proceeding to carry her piggyback down the apartment's short corridor to the kitchen.
  • She had been carrying Chase piggyback for some time, and now he was out cold.
  • They playfully rode piggyback on their team-mates' shoulders, duelling each other with loaded bottles of champagne.


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1Carry by or as if by piggyback.
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  • With his warm chubby arms around my neck, I piggybacked him about the yard, feeling the eyes of my family watching us through the windows.
  • Lexi had fallen asleep, so her dad piggybacked her to the village.
  • How fast could I get there carrying a plastic grocery sack of food in one hand, a dog on a leash with the other, and piggybacking a four-year-old boy?
1.1Mount on or attach to (an existing object or system): providers of information have piggybacked their own networks onto the system
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  • A SOF distribution system is required to piggyback existing distribution nodes only as needed and maintain asset visibility to ensure prioritization, timeliness, and accountability.
  • Instead, Austrian shares are increasingly being seen as a way for investors to piggyback the economic upswing across the EU's accession states.
  • Instead, he said he intends to piggyback his intelligent computing network on mobile phone networks.
1.2 [no object] Use existing work or an existing product as a basis or support: we were piggybacking on their training program
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  • However, the company has signalled its intention to enter the mobile market either by buying an existing player or by piggybacking on an another operator's network.
  • When user logs into his bank's website, the attacker piggybacks on that session via the Trojan to make any fraudulent transaction he wants.
  • A large proportion of the self-employed acquire coverage in health and dental plans by piggybacking on the employer-sponsored plan of a spouse or close relative.


mid 16th century (as an adverb): although analyzed by folk etymology in various ways from an early date, the word's origin remains obscure.

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