Vroom, vroom! A truck is a motorized vehicle on wheels—it's like a car, but bigger. Trucks are often used for hauling or transporting things.

What we call a truck in the U.S. is generally called a lorry in the U.K. Trucks vary in size from small pickups that aren't much larger than cars to 18-wheel semi-trailer trucks. These big trucks are built to transport heavy goods and are mostly powered by diesel fuel. Truck is also a verb, meaning "convey by truck" or "proceed leisurely." The Middle English root word means "wooden wheel."

Definitions of truck

n an automotive vehicle suitable for hauling

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dump truck, dumper, tip truck, tipper, tipper lorry, tipper truck
truck whose contents can be emptied without handling; the front end of the platform can be pneumatically raised so that the load is discharged by gravity
fire engine, fire truck
any of various large trucks that carry firemen and equipment to the site of a fire
dustcart, garbage truck
a truck for collecting domestic refuse
camion, lorry
a large truck designed to carry heavy loads; usually without sides
pickup, pickup truck
a light truck with an open body and low sides and a tailboard
sound truck
a truck equipped with a loudspeaker and used for advertising
tow car, tow truck, wrecker
a truck equipped to hoist and pull wrecked cars (or to remove cars from no-parking zones)
a truck that has a cab but no body; used for pulling large trailers or vans
articulated lorry, rig, semi, tractor trailer, trailer truck, trucking rig
a truck consisting of a tractor and trailer together
car transporter, transporter
a long truck for carrying motor vehicles
a truck with an enclosed cargo space
a van with shelves of books; serves as a mobile library or bookstore
delivery truck, delivery van, panel truck
a van suitable for delivering goods or services to customers
aerial ladder truck, ladder truck
a fire engine carrying ladders
laundry truck
van that picks up and delivers laundry
milk float
a van (typically powered by electricity) with an open side that is used to deliver milk to houses
moving van
a van used for moving home or office furniture
passenger van
a van that carries passengers
black Maria, paddy wagon, patrol wagon, police van, police wagon, wagon
van used by police to transport prisoners
tandem trailer
trucking rig with two trailers in tandem
a pickup truck with a gun mounted on it
Type of:
automotive vehicle, motor vehicle
a self-propelled wheeled vehicle that does not run on rails

n a handcart that has a frame with two low wheels and a ledge at the bottom and handles at the top; used to move crates or other heavy objects

hand truck
Type of:
cart, go-cart, handcart, pushcart
wheeled vehicle that can be pushed by a person; may have one or two or four wheels

v convey (goods etc.) by truck

truck fresh vegetables across the mountains”
Type of:
move something or somebody around; usually over long distances

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