Definition of wheelbarrow in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈ(h)wēlˌberō/


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A small cart with a single wheel at the front and two supporting legs and two handles at the rear, used typically for carrying loads in building-work or gardening.
Example sentences
  • When it's time to use it, set the sifter on top of your wheelbarrow or garden cart and shovel some compost into it.
  • To allow room for a wheelbarrow or garden cart, plan on 2-to 3-foot-wide walkways.
  • Old gardening boots, wheelbarrows, and toolboxes can make whimsical substitutes for expensive outdoor containers.
cart, barrow


[with object]
Carry (a load) in a wheelbarrow.
Example sentences
  • Collecting the fallen beech and laurel leaves, piling them into large crackling clumps and then wheelbarrowing them to the compost heap, and sweating in the process, felt very satisfying.
  • When it is full it can be removed with a shovel and wheelbarrowed out to an outdoor composting bin or buried in trenches outside.
  • They wheelbarrowed concrete from the truck outside my fence inside to the patio surprisingly efficiently.

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Syllabification: wheel·bar·row

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