wagon

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See also: Wagon and wagōn

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

A wagon (sense 1) in Szentendre, Pest, Hungary, in 1975
One boy pulling another in a wagon (sense 2) in Wanzleben, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany, in 1955
A horse-drawn, covered wagon (sense 3)
A wagon (sense 7) for transporting ammonia on a train
A station wagon, also colloquially called a wagon (sense 8)

Borrowed from Dutch wagen, from Middle Dutch wagen,[1] from Old Dutch *wagan, from Proto-Germanic *wagnaz (wagon), from Proto-Indo-European *woǵʰnos (wagon, primitive carriage), from *weǵʰ- (to transport). Cognate with Danish vogn (wagon), German Wagen (vehicle; wagon), Saterland Frisian Woain (wagon), West Frisian wein (wagon), Swedish vagn (wagon). Doublet of wain (inherited from Old English wæġn) and related also to way, weigh.

Sense 9 (“woman of loose morals; obnoxious woman”) is probably a derogatory and jocular reference to a woman being “ridden”, that is, mounted for the purpose of sexual intercourse.

The verb is derived from the noun.[2]

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Noun[edit]

wagon (plural wagons)

  1. A four-wheeled cart for hauling loads. [from late 15th c.]
  2. A four-wheeled child's riding toy, pulled or steered by a long handle attached to the front.
  3. An enclosed vehicle for carrying goods or people; (by extension) a lorry, a truck.
  4. An enclosed vehicle used as a movable dwelling; a caravan.
  5. Short for dinner wagon (set of light shelves mounted on castors so that it can be pushed around a dining room and used for serving).
  6. (slang) Short for paddy wagon (police van for transporting prisoners).
  7. (rail transport) A freight car on a railway.
    Synonym: goods wagon (Britain)
  8. (chiefly Australia, US, slang) Short for station wagon (type of car in which the roof extends rearward to produce an enclosed area in the position of and serving the function of the boot (trunk)); (by extension) a sport utility vehicle (SUV); any car.
  9. (Ireland, slang, derogatory, dated) A woman of loose morals, a promiscuous woman, a slapper; (by extension) a woman regarded as obnoxious; a bitch, a cow.
    • 1985, Eugene McCabe, “Roma”, in Heaven Lies about Us: Stories, 1st U.S. edition, New York, N.Y.; London: Bloomsbury, published 2004, →ISBN, page 57:
      [] I was in a field last week with Ursula Brogan behind the football pitch. We followed Cissy Caffery there and two boys from the secondary. She’s a wagon. She did it with them one after the other, and we watched.
    • 1990, Roddy Doyle, The Snapper, London: Secker and Warburg, →ISBN; republished New York, N.Y.: Penguin Books, 1992, →ISBN, pages 30–31:
      —Don’t know. —She hates us. It’s prob’ly cos Daddy called her a wagon at tha’ meetin’. / Sharon laughed. She got out of bed. / —He didn’t really call Miss O’Keefe a wagon, she told Tracy. —He was only messin’ with yeh.
    • 1998, Neville Thompson, Two Birds/One Stoned, Dublin: Poolbeg, →ISBN, page 8:
      Well fuck yeh, yeh stuck-up little wagon.

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Verb[edit]

wagon (third-person singular simple present wagons, present participle wagoning, simple past and past participle wagoned)

  1. (transitive, chiefly US) To load into a wagon in preparation for transportation; to transport by means of a wagon.
  2. (intransitive, chiefly US) To travel in a wagon.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ wagon, n.”, in OED Online Paid subscription required, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1921.
  2. ^ wagon, v.”, in OED Online Paid subscription required, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1921.

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Dutch[edit]

wagon

Etymology[edit]

From English waggon, from Dutch wagen. The pronunciation was likely influenced by French wagon, which was also borrowed from English.

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wagon m (plural wagons, diminutive wagonnetje n)

  1. car (a railway carriage, a nonpowered unit in a railroad train)

French[edit]

wagon

Etymology[edit]

From English waggon, from Dutch wagen.

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  • (Belgium) IPA(key): /wa.ɡɔ̃/
  • (France, Switzerland) IPA(key): /va.ɡɔ̃/
  • (file)

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wagon m (plural wagons)

  1. a railway carriage (note that the word voiture is preferred for passenger transport)

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wagon

  1. Rōmaji transcription of わごん
  2. Rōmaji transcription of ワゴン

Old Saxon[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *wagōną.

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wagōn

  1. to sway

Polish[edit]

wagon

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wagon m inan

  1. car (a railway carriage, a nonpowered unit in a railroad train)
  2. (colloquial) truckload

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