From (etyl) truken, troken, trukien, from (etyl) .
To fail; run out; run short; be unavailable; diminish; abate.
To give in; give way; knuckle under; truckle.
To deceive; cheat; defraud.
Perhaps a shortening of (truckle), related to (etyl) .
A small wheel or roller, specifically the wheel of a gun-carriage.
* 1843 , James Fenimore Cooper, Wyandotte ,
The ball on top of a flagpole.
(nautical) On a wooden mast, a circular disc (or sometimes a rectangle) of wood near or at the top of the mast, usually with holes or sheaves to reeve signal halyards; also a temporary or emergency place for a lookout. "Main" refers to the mainmast, whereas a truck on another mast may be called (on the mizzenmast, for example) "mizzen-truck".
* 1851 Melville, Herman Moby Dick ,
- "Put that cannon up once, and I'll answer for it that no Injin faces it. 'Twill be as good as a dozen sentinels," answered Joel. "As for mountin', I thought of that before I said a syllable about the crittur. There's the new truck -wheels in the court, all ready to hold it, and the carpenters can put the hinder part to the whull, in an hour or two."
(countable, uncountable, US, Australia) A semi-tractor ("semi") trailer; (British) a lorry.
- But oh! shipmates! on the starboard hand of every woe, there is a sure delight; and higher the top of that delight, than the bottom of the woe is deep. Is not the main-truck higher than the kelson is low?
* 1922 , Sinclair Lewis, Babbit ,
- Mexican open-bed trucks haul most of the fresh produce that comes into the United States from Mexico.
Any motor vehicle designed for carrying cargo, including delivery vans, pickups, and other motorized vehicles (including passenger autos) fitted with a bed designed to carry goods.
A garden cart, a two-wheeled wheelbarrow.
A small wagon or cart, of various designs, pushed or pulled by hand or (obsolete) pulled by an animal, as with those in hotels for moving luggage, or in libraries for transporting books.
- A line of fifty trucks from the Zenith Steel and Machinery Company was attacked by strikers-rushing out from the sidewalk, pulling drivers from the seats, smashing carburetors and commutators, while telephone girls cheered from the walk, and small boys heaved bricks.
- Goods were conveyed about the town almost exclusively in trucks drawn by dogs.
A pantechnicon (removal van).
(UK, rail transport) A flatbed railway car.
* 1913 ,
- From the doors of these rooms went men with loaded trucks , to the platform where freight cars were waiting to be filled; and one went out there and realized with a start that he had come at last to the ground floor of this enormous building.
A pivoting frame, one attached to the bottom of the bed of a railway car at each end, that rests on the axle and which swivels to allow the axle (at each end of which is a solid wheel) to turn with curves in the track. The axle on many types of railway car is not attached to the truck and relies on gravity to remain within the truck's brackets (on the truck's base) that hold the axle in place
* 1913 , D.H. Lawrence,
- Far away he could hear the sharp clinking of the trucks on the railway.
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The part of a skateboard or roller skate that joins the wheels to the deck, consisting of a hanger, baseplate, kingpin, and bushings, and sometimes mounted with a riser in between.
(theater) A platform with wheels or casters.
Dirt or other messiness.
* Aunt Polly looked at the jam on Huck's face, and said, "What is that truck ?"'' - , Huckleberry Finn
- Far away he could hear the sharp clinking of the trucks on the railway. No, it was not they that were far away. They were there in their places. But where was he himself?''.
* (motor vehicle for goods transport) rig, tractor trailer, lorry (UK), hauler
(terms derived from truck)
* forklift truck
* hand truck
* monster truck
* pick-up truck
* pickup truck
* sound truck
* tow truck
* truck stop, truckstop
* (military) (dated) truck-wheels
* (nautical, sailing) main-truck, crow's nest
* (military) gun-carriage
* (semi-tractor) semi, trailer truck, rig, monster truck
* Malay: (l)
To drive a truck.
To convey by truck.
To travel or live contentedly.
To persist, to endure.
- Keep on trucking !
(film production) To move a camera parallel to the movement of the subject.
(slang) To run over or through a tackler in American football.
- Keep on trucking !
From dialectal truck, truk, trokk, probably of (etyl) origin, compare (etyl) dialectal trokka, . More at (l).
To tread (down); stamp on; trample (down).
(etyl) trukien, from unrecorded (etyl) and (etyl) words (attested in mediaeval Latin trocare, present Spanish trocar), of origin.
To trade, exchange; barter.
* John Stuart Mill
To engage in commerce; to barter or deal.
To have dealings or social relationships with; to engage with.
- We will begin by supposing the international trade to be in form, what it always is in reality, an actual trucking of one commodity against another.
(obsolete, often used in plural sense) Small, humble items; things, often for sale or barter.
(US) Garden produce, groceries (see truck garden).
(usually, with negative) Social intercourse; dealings, relationships.
* have no truck with
* truck garden
Pertaining to a garden patch or truck garden.
For this etymology, the word is virtually obsolete. It really only survives as a fossil in the construction “to have no truck with”. In the US, the derived term truck garden is often confused with Etymology 1, in the sense "produce raised to be trucked to market''.
Having a trill sound.
* 1914 , Sewell Ford, Wilt thou Torchy
*:She was a sweet young thing with cheek dimples and a trilly laugh...
* 1984 , Donald J. Borror, Songs of Western Birds
*:This bird has a number of calls, but the most common is a loud chuck (Example 3). Immature birds utter a trilly note (Example 4), which is a common marsh sound in mid-summer.
* 2009 , Bob Mitchell, Once Upon a Fastball
*:He adores his bedtime baseball stories, even at his ripe old age. “It's called 'The Curse.' Wooooooooo!” Sol sings scarily in a trilly , ghostlike, gradually descending soprano.
* 31 March 2011 , Mallika Rao at RollingStone.com, American Idol Recap: Stuck In the Middle
*:Paul McDonald, whose "Rocket Man" was wispy and unmemorable; Stefano Langone, still with the weird enunciations and trilly voice...