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

  • n. One that builds and repairs wheels.

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  • n. a person who builds and repairs wheels, especially wooden spoked ones

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A man whose occupation is to make or repair wheels and wheeled vehicles, as carts, wagons, and the like.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A person who works at or with a wheel; specifically, a man whose occupation is to make wheels, wheeled carriages, etc.

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

  • n. someone who makes and repairs wooden wheels


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  • Now the wheelwright was a choleric man, and one fine afternoon, returning from a short absence, found Tom occupied with one of his pet adzes, the edge of which was fast vanishing under our hero's care.

    Tom Brown's Schooldays

  • The Middle English word (in the sense of "builder") was wright (from the Old English wryhta), which could be used in compound forms such as wheelwright or boatwright. [

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  • Like a Wrist under the wheelwright of a tottering cartel!

    The Sea at Sea (or Why is There a Question Instead of Not a Question)

  • A native North Carolinian from a poor family with no formal education who had scratched out a living in one trade after another innkeeper, blacksmith, wheelwright, ferryman, preacher, farmer, even doctor, longtime state legislator and ardent democrat, Bloodworth represented New Hanover County in the Cape Fear region of the Tidewater.


  • A mile outside Wavigny, they suffered bad luck in the form of a broken wheel, and Fondard raged at the resulting delay, for even he could not command the immediate services of a wheelwright in the early hours of the morning.

    The Mistaken Wife

  • He moved a barn from the other side of the road to a spot next to the kitchen end of the half of the wheelwright shed.

    Louisa May Alcott

  • He cut the old wheelwright building in two, hoisted it up on a set of wheels, and moved one-half to the other side of the house.

    Louisa May Alcott

  • At first Emerson offered them one of his new woodlots on Walden Pond, but eventually the family settled on a run-down house for sale by Horatio Cogswell, a wheelwright.

    Louisa May Alcott

  • A wheelwright tried to tap a spoke into a wheel, and swore when it snapped.

    Crown of Earth

  • The wheelwright looked down from the window of his bedroom to the growing crowd outside.

    DBTL 14: The Wild Wild East


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  • see Qwylwryghte

    August 18, 2010

  • Wright.

    January 4, 2008

  • At least you said it wryly.

    January 4, 2008

  • No. But you can if you're wroyally wriled.

    *groans at own stupid joke*

    I know, but someone had to say it.

    January 4, 2008

  • It's getting to me. I can't really write about righteously wrought whirly wheels of brightly-righting wheelwrights if I'm royally riled, can I?

    January 4, 2008

  • I think they wrought wheels. Either way, mmm...

    January 4, 2008

  • I agree, cb. Wheelwrights right wheels. Mmm.

    January 4, 2008

  • What an awesome word. It gives good mouthfeel.

    January 4, 2008