Definition of sled in English:

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Pronunciation: /sled/
chiefly North American


1A vehicle, typically on runners, for conveying goods or passengers over snow or ice, either pushed or pulled, or drawn by horses, dogs, or a motor vehicle.
Example sentences
  • Mr Cooney, who already holds the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award, has had to pull a 200 lb sled across the snow and ice.
  • A covered carriage with sled runners pulled by four strong horses is awaiting its passengers.
  • She places whatever she needs in a snow sled and pulls it wherever she needs to go.
1.1A small lightweight vehicle, either on runners or having a smooth bottom surface, used for sliding downhill over snow or ice.
Example sentences
  • They hadn't been able to get their hands on sleds, but a sleigh ride was always fun on a snowy evening.
  • The day of the party promises mittens and hats, mufflers and ski pants, toboggans and sleds.
  • We trudged through the snow for a good half hour to make it to the hardware store where we examined all the sleds and finally settled on a long bright orange plastic toboggan.
1.2 another term for snowmobile.

verb (sleds, sledding, sledded)

[no object] (usually go sledding)
Travel or slide downhill over snow on a sled: I know my kids would love to have one last snowstorm to build a snowman and go sledding the two sledded down a snow-covered hill
More example sentences
  • This foam board with a slick-plastic belly is superquick when running straight - a feeling enhanced by sledding head first, your chin just an inch or so off the snow.
  • My cousins and I went sledding, and they were making me laugh - so much that I fell onto my sled backward as it started to glide down the hill.
  • On February 6, I was sledding with my sons when I vaguely heard an ambulance go by.


Middle English: from Middle Low German sledde; related to the verb slide.

Words that rhyme with sled

abed, ahead, bed, behead, Birkenhead, bled, bread, bred, coed, cred, crossbred, dead, dread, Ed, embed, Enzed, fed, fled, Fred, gainsaid, head, infrared, ked, lead, led, Med, misled, misread, Ned, outspread, premed, pure-bred, read, red, redd, said, samoyed, shed, shred, sked, sped, Spithead, spread, stead, ted, thread, tread, underbred, underfed, wed

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