Definitions

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

  • n. A vehicle mounted on low runners drawn by work animals, such as horses or dogs, and used for transporting loads across ice, snow, and rough ground.
  • transitive v. To convey or travel on a sledge.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A heavy, long handled maul or hammer used to drive stakes, wedges, etc.
  • v. to hit with a sledgehammer.
  • n. A low sled drawn by animals, typically on snow, ice or grass.
  • n. any type of sled or sleigh.
  • v. To drag or draw a sledge.
  • v. To ride, travel with or transport in a sledge.
  • v. To verbally insult or abuse an opponent in order to distract them (considered unsportsmanlike).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A strong vehicle with low runners or low wheels; or one without wheels or runners, made of plank slightly turned up at one end, used for transporting loads upon the snow, ice, or bare ground; a sled.
  • n. A hurdle on which, formerly, traitors were drawn to the place of execution.
  • n. A sleigh.
  • n. A game at cards; -- called also old sledge, and all fours.
  • v. To travel or convey in a sledge or sledges.
  • n. A large, heavy hammer, usually wielded with both hands; -- called also sledge hammer.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A large heavy hammer, used chiefly by blacksmiths. Also called sledge-hammer.
  • n. Same as sled, 1 and 2.
  • n. A vehicle without wheels, commonly on runners and of various forms, much used in northern countries where ice and snow prevail; a sleigh: as, a reindeer sledge; an Eskimo sledge. In the United States sledge is not used in this sense. See sleigh, and cut under pulk.
  • n. Hence, anything serving the purpose of a vehicle which may be dragged without wheels along the ground, as the hurdle on which persons were formerly drawn to execution.
  • n. Same as sled, 2.
  • n. In heraldry, a bearing representing a heavy vehicle with runners like a sledge.
  • To convey or transports, in a sledge; travel in a sledge.
  • n. The thick wooden outer case of a mummy.

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

  • n. a heavy long-handled hammer used to drive stakes or wedges
  • v. transport in a sleigh
  • v. ride in or travel with a sledge
  • n. a vehicle mounted on runners and pulled by horses or dogs; for transportation over snow
  • v. beat with a sledgehammer

Etymologies

Dutch dialectal sleedse, perhaps diminutive of Dutch slede, sled, from Middle Dutch sledde.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English slecg. (Wiktionary)
Dialectal Dutch sleedse (Wiktionary)
From Sledge ("a surname"), influenced by sledgehammer. Australian from 1960s. According to Ian Chappell, originated in Adelaide during the 1963/4 or 1964/5 Sheffield Shield season. A cricketer who swore in the presence of a woman was taken to be as subtle as a sledgehammer (meaning unsubtle) and was called “Percy” or “Sledge”, from singer Percy Sledge (whose song When a Man Loves a Woman was a hit at the time). Directing insults or obsenities at the opposition team then became known as sledging. (Wiktionary)

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  • Cricket jargon - to verbally abuse an opponent, generally for the purpose of upsetting their concentration. Sledging is not a recent habit. Back in 1933, Harold Larwood said 'A cricket tour in Australia would be a most delightful period in one's life if one were deaf'.

    November 30, 2007