Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various heavy motor vehicles designed for carrying or pulling loads.
  • n. A hand truck.
  • n. A wheeled platform, sometimes equipped with a motor, for conveying loads in a warehouse or freight yard.
  • n. One of the swiveling frames of wheels under each end of a railroad car or trolley car.
  • n. A set of bookshelves mounted on four wheels or casters, used in libraries.
  • n. Nautical A small piece of wood placed at the top of a mast or flagpole, usually having holes through which halyards can be passed.
  • n. Chiefly British A railroad freight car without a top.
  • transitive v. To transport by truck.
  • intransitive v. To carry goods by truck.
  • intransitive v. To drive a truck.
  • intransitive v. Slang To move or travel in a steady but easy manner.
  • transitive v. To exchange; barter.
  • transitive v. To peddle.
  • intransitive v. To have dealings or commerce; traffic.
  • n. Articles of commerce; trade goods.
  • n. Garden produce raised for the market.
  • n. Informal Worthless goods; stuff or rubbish: "Look at your hands. And look at your mouth. What is that truck?” ( Mark Twain).
  • n. Barter; exchange.
  • n. Informal Dealings; business: We'll have no further truck with them.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To trade, exchange; barter.
  • v. To engage in commerce; to barter or deal.
  • v. To have dealings or social relationships with; to engage with.
  • n. Small, humble items; things, often for sale or barter.
  • n. Garden produce, groceries (see truck garden).
  • n. Social intercourse; dealings, relationships
  • adj. Pertaining to a garden patch or truck garden.
  • n. A small wheel or roller, specifically the wheel of a gun-carriage.
  • n. The ball on top of a flagpole.
  • n. On a wooden mast, a circular disc (or sometimes a rectangle) of wood near or at the top of the mast, usually with holes or sheaves to reeve signal halyards; also a temporary or emergency place for a lookout. "Main" refers to the mainmast, whereas a truck on another mast may be called (on the mizzenmast, for example) "mizzen-truck".
  • n. (US) A semi-tractor ("semi") trailer; (UK) a lorry.
  • n. Any motor vehicle designed for carrying cargo, including delivery vans, pickups, and other motorized vehicles (including passenger autos) fitted with a bed designed to carry goods.
  • n. A garden cart, a two-wheeled wheelbarrow.
  • n. A small wagon or cart, of various designs, pushed or pulled by hand or (obsolete) pulled by an animal, as with those in hotels for moving luggage, or in libraries for transporting books.
  • n. A pantechnicon (removal van).
  • n. A flatbed railway car.
  • n. A pivoting frame, one attached to the bottom of the bed of a railway car at each end, that rests on the axle and which swivels to allow the axle (at each end of which is a solid wheel) to turn with curves in the track. The axle on many types of railway car is not attached to the truck and relies on gravity to remain within the truck's brackets (on the truck's base) that hold the axle in place
  • n. The part of a skateboard or roller skate that joins the wheels to the deck, consisting of a hanger, baseplate, kingpin, and bushings, and sometimes mounted with a riser in between.
  • n. A platform with wheels or casters.
  • n. Dirt or other messiness.
  • v. To drive a truck.
  • v. To convey by truck.
  • v. To travel or live contentedly.
  • v. To persist, to endure.
  • v. To move a camera parallel to the movement of the subject.
  • v. To run over or through a tackler in American football.
  • v. To fail; run out; run short; be unavailable; diminish; abate.
  • v. To give in; give way; knuckle under; truckle.
  • v. To deceive; cheat; defraud.
  • v. To tread (down); stamp on; trample (down).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A small wheel, as of a vehicle; specifically (Ord.), a small strong wheel, as of wood or iron, for a gun carriage.
  • n. A low, wheeled vehicle or barrow for carrying goods, stone, and other heavy articles.
  • n. A swiveling carriage, consisting of a frame with one or more pairs of wheels and the necessary boxes, springs, etc., to carry and guide one end of a locomotive or a car; -- sometimes called bogie in England. Trucks usually have four or six wheels.
  • n.
  • n. A small wooden cap at the summit of a flagstaff or a masthead, having holes in it for reeving halyards through.
  • n. A small piece of wood, usually cylindrical or disk-shaped, used for various purposes.
  • n. A freight car.
  • n. A frame on low wheels or rollers; -- used for various purposes, as for a movable support for heavy bodies.
  • n. a motorized vehicle larger than an automobile with a compartment in front for the driver, behind which is a separate compartment for freight
  • n. such a vehicle with an inflexible body.
  • n. A vehicle with a short body and a support for attaching a trailer; -- also called a tractor{4}.
  • n. the combination of tractor and trailer, also called a tractor-trailer (a form of articulated vehicle); it is a common form of truck, and is used primarily for hauling freight on a highway.
  • n. a tractor with more than one trailer attached in a series. In Australia, often referred to as a road train.
  • n. Exchange of commodities; barter.
  • n. Commodities appropriate for barter, or for small trade; small commodities; esp., in the United States, garden vegetables raised for the market.
  • n. The practice of paying wages in goods instead of money; -- called also truck system.
  • intransitive v. To exchange commodities; to barter; to trade; to deal.
  • transitive v. To transport on a truck or trucks.
  • transitive v. To exchange; to give in exchange; to barter.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To drive or use a truck; transport goods by means of a truck.
  • To exchange; swap; barter; hence, to traffic; deal; trade by exchanging commodities; bargain; negotiate: followed with with or for (with a person, for a thing).
  • To exchange; give in exchange; barter; swap: as, to truck knives for gold-dust.
  • To peddle; hawk.
  • To put in a truck; send or convey by truck: as, to truck cattle.
  • n. Exchange of commodities; barter. See truck system, below.
  • n. Traffic; intercourse; dealing.
  • n. The truck system.
  • n. Commodities for barter or trade.
  • n. The produce of a market-garden.
  • n. A statute of 1870 (33 and 34 Vict., c. 105), also called the Truck Commission Act, which appointed a commission to inquire into the working of the act of 1831.
  • n. A small wooden wheel not bound with iron; a cylinder.
  • n. A wheeled vehicle, of which there are many kinds, used for moving or transporting burdens.
  • n. A group of two, three, or more pairs of wheels in one frame, for supporting one end of a railway-car or locomotive; a car-truck.
  • n. In gunnery, a circular piece of wood or metal, like a wheel, fixed on an axletree, for moving ordnance. See casemate-truck.
  • n. A circular piece of wood fixed on the head of each of a vessel's highest masts, and having small sheave-holes in it through which signal-halyards are rove.
  • n. A kind of game (see etymology). Compare troco.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an automotive vehicle suitable for hauling
  • 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
  • v. convey (goods etc.) by truck

Etymologies

Short for truckle or from Latin trochus, iron hoop (from Greek trokhos, wheel).
Middle English trukien, from Old North French troquer.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English truken, troken, trukien, from Old English trucian ("to fail, run short, deceive, disappoint"), from Proto-Germanic *trukōnan (“to fail, miss, lack”), from Proto-Indo-European *dereu-, *derwu- (“to tear, wrap, reap”), from Proto-Indo-European *der- (“to flay, split”). Cognate with Middle Low German troggelen ("to cheat, deceive, swindle"), Dutch troggelen ("to extort"), German dialectal truggeln ("to flatter, fawn"). (Wiktionary)
Perhaps a shortening of truckle, related to Latin trochus ("iron hoop, wheel"). (Wiktionary)
From dialectal truck, truk, trokk, probably of North Germanic origin, compare Norwegian dialectal trokka, trakka ("to stamp, trample, go to and fro"), Danish trykke ("to press, press down, crush, squeeze"). More at thrutch. (Wiktionary)
Middle English trukien, from unrecorded Anglo-Norman and Old French words (attested in mediaeval Latin trocare, present Spanish trocar), of Unknown origin. (Wiktionary)

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  • This word is great as a verb (I feel the same about brook).

    December 11, 2006