Definition of lorry in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈlɒri/

noun (plural lorries)

A large, heavy motor vehicle for transporting goods or troops; a truck: [as modifier]: a lorry driver
More example sentences
  • And he believes drivers of heavy lorries will avoid the new road because he says it will have to be built on a steep incline.
  • As well as cars, there are frequent buses, heavy lorries and a lot of farm traffic.
  • They say heavy lorries and cars are travelling too fast along the road, which is very narrow in parts.
British  juggernaut


fall off the back of a lorry

informal (Of goods) be acquired in dubious circumstances: he sells cheap computer games that have fallen off the back of a lorry
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  • Keep an eye out for pickpockets and remember that many of the things for sale 'fell off the back of a lorry'.
  • "But it's not like stuffing a few pairs of jeans in your bag or a TV falling off the back of a lorry. This bread is keeping us alive."
  • When I was a kid my neighbour was always selling things that seemed to have "fallen off the back of a lorry".


Mid 19th century: perhaps from the given name Laurie.

Words that rhyme with lorry

Florrie, Laurie, Macquarie, quarry, sorry, whare

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