Rake vs Wagon - What's the difference?

rake | wagon |

As nouns the difference between rake and wagon

is that rake is a garden tool with a row of pointed teeth fixed to a long handle, used for collecting grass or debris, or for loosening soil or rake can be slope, divergence from the horizontal or perpendicular or rake can be a man habituated to immoral conduct or rake can be (provincial|northern england) a course; direction; stretch while wagon is .

As a verb rake

is to use a rake on (leaves, debris, soil, a lawn, etc) in order to loosen, gather together, or remove debris from or rake can be to proceed rapidly; to move swiftly or rake can be (uk|dialect|dated) to walk about; to gad or ramble idly or rake can be (provincial|northern england) to run or rove.

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Etymology 1

(etyl) raca, from (etyl)


(en noun)
  • A garden tool with a row of pointed teeth fixed to a long handle, used for collecting grass or debris, or for loosening soil.
  • *
  • *:Orion hit a rabbit once; but though sore wounded it got to the bury, and, struggling in, the arrow caught the side of the hole and was drawn out.. Ikey the blacksmith had forged us a spearhead after a sketch from a picture of a Greek warrior; and a rake -handle served as a shaft.
  • A lot, plenty.
  • :
  • (lb) The direction of slip during fault movement. The rake is measured within the fault plane.
  • (lb) The sloped edge of a roof at or adjacent to the first or last rafter.
  • (lb) A set of coupled rail vehicles, normally coaches or wagons.
  • :
  • (lb) A puffer that emits a stream of spaceships rather than a trail of debris.
  • The scaled commission fee taken by a cardroom operating a poker game.
  • A toothed machine drawn by a horse, used for collecting hay or grain; a horserake.
  • (lb) A fissure or mineral vein traversing the strata vertically, or nearly so.
  • Synonyms
    * (rail transport)
    Derived terms
    * thin as a rake


  • To use a rake on (leaves, debris, soil, a lawn, etc) in order to loosen, gather together, or remove debris from.
  • We raked all the leaves into a pile
  • To search thoroughly.
  • Detectives appeared, roped the curious people out of the grounds, and raked the place for clews. -- Captain John Blaine
  • * Dryden
  • raking in Chaucer for antiquated words
  • * Jonathan Swift
  • The statesman rakes the town to find a plot.
  • To spray with gunfire.
  • the enemy machine guns raked the roadway
  • To claw at; to scratch.
  • Her sharp fingernails raked the side of my face.
  • * Wordsworth
  • like clouds that rake the mountain summits
  • To gather, especially quickly (often as rake in)
  • The casino is just raking in the cash; it's like a license to print money.
  • To pass with violence or rapidity; to scrape along.
  • * Sir Philip Sidney
  • Pas could not stay, but over him did rake .
    * (search thoroughly) comb, go over or through with a fine-tooth comb, scour

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) raken, from (etyl) .


    (en noun)
  • Slope, divergence from the horizontal or perpendicular
  • Verb

  • To proceed rapidly; to move swiftly.
  • (obsolete) To guide; to direct
  • To incline from a perpendicular direction.
  • A mast rakes aft.

    Etymology 3

    Shortening of rakehell, possibly from


    (en noun)
  • A man habituated to immoral conduct.
  • We now have rakes in the habit of Roman senators, and grave politicians in the dress of Rakes. — the Spectator


  • (UK, dialect, dated) To walk about; to gad or ramble idly.
  • (UK, dialect, dated) To act the rake; to lead a dissolute, debauched life.
  • (Shenstone)

    Etymology 4

    From (etyl), from (etyl) .

    Alternative forms

    * (l)


    (en noun)
  • (provincial, Northern England) a course; direction; stretch.
  • (provincial, Northern England, for animals) a range, stray.
  • a sheep-raik'' = a ''sheep-walk


  • (provincial, Northern England) To run or rove.
  • References




    Alternative forms

    * waggon (UK)


    (en noun)
  • A four-wheeled cart for hauling loads.
  • A freight car on a railway.
  • A child's riding toy, four-wheeled and pulled or steered by a long handle in the front.
  • (US, Australia, slang) A station wagon (or SUV).
  • (slang) A paddy wagon.
  • A truck, or lorry.
  • (Ireland, slang, dated, derogatory) (A derogatory term for a woman); bitch; slapper; cow.
  • * 1974 , in Threshold , Issues 25–27, Lyric Players Theatre, page 96:
  • “I’m not like that; I know what you mean but I’m not like that. When you said a field I nearly laughed because 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 , Penguin Group (1992), ISBN 978-0-14-017167-9:
  • 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 , Poolbeg:
  • page 8: “Well fuck yeh, yeh stuck-up little wagon .”

    Derived terms

    * broom wagon * bandwagon * chuck wagon * covered wagon * fall off the wagon * fix someone's wagon * hitch one's wagon to a star * jump on the bandwagon * meat wagon * on the bandwagon * on the wagon * off the wagon * paddy wagon * station wagon * waggoner * wagon train


    * German: (l) * Spanish:


    (en verb)
  • To transport by means of a wagon.
  • To travel in a wagon.
  • See also

    * (wikipedia "wagon")


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