From Middle French broüette, from Old French baroueste (“barrow, dumper with one wheel”), diminutive of barot (“barrow”), from Frankish *barwa, *berwa (“barrow”), from Proto-Germanic *barwijǭ, *barwǭ (“barrow”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰer-, *bʰrē- (“to carry, bear”). Compare French dialectal barou (Rouchi, “barrow”), barotte (Génevois, “barrow”), barrô (Burgundy, “barrow”), Italian baroccio (“cart”) from the same Germanic source. See birouchette. Cognate with Middle Dutch berie (“barrow”), Middle High German bere (“barrow”), Eastern Frisian barf, barfe, berve (“barrow”), Old English bearwe (“barrow”). More at barrow.
Old French baroueste was assimilated in form to Old French brouete, berouette, berouaite (“small two-wheeled cart”), believed to be a diminutive of Old Northern French *beroue, from Latin birota (“a two-wheel cart, usually drawn by horse or mule”), which may have additionally been conflated with the Germanic forms above.
brouette f (plural brouettes)
- form of brouetter