Meaning of TRUCK in English

I. ˈtrək verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Middle English trukken, trukien, from Old French troquer

transitive verb

1. : to give in exchange : swap

I would not truck this brilliant day to rule — John Keats


a. : to exchange with an expectation of gain : barter

maintain a trade with their neighbors and truck their work with them for any necessaries — W.E.Roth

b. : to dispose of by bartering

some of our kings have … trucked away for foreign gold the interests and glory of their crown — Edmund Burke

3. : to deal with or pay on the truck system

intransitive verb

1. : to exchange commodities : barter

the disposition peculiar to mankind to truck — A.C.Pigou


a. : to negotiate or traffic especially in an underhanded way

b. : to establish a familiar basis : have intercourse

3. Scotland : to go about on insignificant affairs : putter

II. noun

( -s )


a. : the practice of trading by exchanging goods : barter

b. : a shrewd trade : deal

2. : commodities appropriate for barter or for small trade

accepted these simple gifts but ordered them all paid for out of the trading truck — S.E.Morison

3. : close association : contact , dealings

with all such nonsense I have never had any truck — Daniel George

never at any time did he have the slightest truck with … vulgarity — Clinton Rossiter

wouldn't want you to have truck with the family — Clemence Dane

4. : payment of wages in goods instead of cash

the worst conditions, long hours, irregular payment of wages, truck … were to be found — J.H.Plumb

— see truck system

5. : vegetables that are grown for the market

a good piece of land … by the springs to raise truck on — J.F.Dobie

6. : heterogeneous small articles often of little value : hodge-podge ; also : rubbish

any such mess of truck — Kenneth Roberts

drawstring bags … hold almost enough truck to be classified as luggage — New Yorker

III. adjective

1. : of or relating to the truck system

2. : consisting of or dealing in garden stuff

IV. noun

( -s )

Etymology: probably from Latin trochus iron hoop, from Greek trochos wheel, from trechein to run — more at trochee

1. : a small wheel ; specifically : a small strong wheel usually of wood or iron for a gun carriage

2. : a small wooden cap at the top of a flagstaff or a masthead usually having holes in it for reeving flag or signal halyards — see ship illustration

3. : a wheeled vehicle used for moving heavy articles: as

a. : a strong cart or wagon used for hauling

the horses died of starvation and the men harnessed themselves to trucks — H.E.Scudder

b. : hand truck

c. : a small heavy rectangular frame supported on four wheels used instead of rollers for moving heavy objects

d. : a small flat-topped car sometimes with stakes or vertical ends to prevent the load from falling that is usually pushed or pulled by hand

e. : a shelved stand mounted on casters


a. Britain : an open railroad freight car

b. : a swiveling carriage consisting of a frame with one or more pairs of wheels and the necessary boxes and springs especially to carry and guide one end of a locomotive or a railroad car in turning sharp curves


a. : an automotive vehicle built for the transportation of goods on its own chassis

b. : a motorized vehicle equipped with a swivel for hauling a trailer

V. verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

transitive verb

: to load or transport on a truck

intransitive verb

1. : to transport goods by truck : be employed in driving a truck

2. : to execute a trucking step — usually used with down

singing at the top of his lungs … trucking down the trail — Margaret Hastings

3. : track 2b

VI. adjective

: of, relating to, used by, or made for a truck

a truck tire

truck route

VII. intransitive verb

: to roll along especially in an easy untroubled way

keep on trucking

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.