From Middle English freyght, from Middle Dutch vracht, Middle Low German vrecht (“cost of transport”), ultimately from Proto-Germanic *fra- (intensive prefix) + Proto-Germanic *aihtiz (“possession”), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂eyḱ- (“to possess”), equivalent to for- + aught. Cognate with Old High German frēht (“earnings”), Old English ǣht (“owndom”), and a doublet of fraught. More at for-, own.
- Payment for transportation.
- The freight was more expensive for cars than for coal.
- Goods or items in transport.
- The freight shifted and the trailer turned over on the highway.
- Transport of goods.
- They shipped it ordinary freight to spare the expense.
- (figuratively) Cultural or emotional associations.
- A wedding ring is small, but it has massive emotional freight.
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- (transitive) To transport (goods).
- To load with freight. Also figurative.