trailer

A trailer is a wheeled vehicle that can't move on its own — it needs to be pulled by a car, truck, or other vehicle. Some bike-riding parents tow their small children behind them in bicycle trailers.

The trailer you might put a boat on, hitching it to your truck, trails behind the vehicle that's pulling it. Another meaning of trailer is a film preview or advertisement that theaters show before a movie. It might seem strange to call it a trailer when it comes first, but the earliest trailers, at the start of the 20th century, came after the movie, trailing it.

Primary Meanings of trailer

1.
n
a large transport conveyance designed to be pulled by a truck or tractor
2.
n
an advertisement consisting of short scenes from a motion picture that will appear in the near future
3.
n
someone who takes more time than necessary; someone who lags behind
Full Definitions of trailer
1

n a large transport conveyance designed to be pulled by a truck or tractor

Types:
car carrier
a trailer that can be loaded with new cars for delivery to sales agencies
semi, semitrailer
a trailer having wheels only in the rear; the front is supported by the towing vehicle
Type of:
conveyance, transport
something that serves as a means of transportation

n a wheeled vehicle that can be pulled by a car or truck and is equipped for occupancy

Synonyms:
house trailer
Types:
camper trailer
a trailer equipped for occupancy (especially for holiday trips)
manufactured home, mobile home
a large house trailer that can be connected to utilities and can be parked in one place and used as permanent housing
Type of:
wheeled vehicle
a vehicle that moves on wheels and usually has a container for transporting things or people
2

n an advertisement consisting of short scenes from a motion picture that will appear in the near future

Synonyms:
preview, prevue
Type of:
ad, advert, advertisement, advertising, advertizement, advertizing
a public promotion of some product or service
3

n someone who takes more time than necessary; someone who lags behind

Synonyms:
dawdler, drone, laggard, lagger, poke
Types:
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lingerer, loiterer
someone who lingers aimlessly in or about a place
plodder, slowcoach, slowpoke, stick-in-the-mud
someone who moves slowly
potterer, putterer
a person who putters about
straggler, strayer
someone who strays or falls behind
Type of:
bum, do-nothing, idler, layabout, loafer
person who does no work

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