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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English draye, dreye, from Old English dræġe (dragnet), cognate with Middle Low German drāge (stretcher; dray), Middle High German trage (a litter). Related to Old English dragan (to pull; draw). More at draw.


dray (plural drays)

  1. A low horse-drawn cart, often without sides, and used especially for heavy loads.
    • 1900, Charles W. Chesnutt, chapter I, in The House Behind the Cedars:
      Standing foursquare in the heart of the town, at the intersection of the two main streets, a "jog" at each street corner left around the market-house a little public square, which at this hour was well occupied by carts and wagons from the country and empty drays awaiting hire
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Addison to this entry?)
  2. A kind of sledge or sled.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Halliwell to this entry?)
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Etymology 2[edit]



dray (plural drays)

  1. Alternative spelling of drey, the nest of a squirrel.