Wagon vs Wheelbarrow - What's the difference?

wagon | wheelbarrow |

As nouns the difference between wagon and wheelbarrow

is that wagon is while wheelbarrow is a small, one-wheeled (rarely two-wheeled) cart with handles at one end for transporting small loads.

As a verb wheelbarrow is

to convey in a wheelbarrow.



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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    (en noun)
  • A small, one-wheeled (rarely two-wheeled) cart with handles at one end for transporting small loads.
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    Derived terms

    * wheelbarrow race


    (en verb)
  • To convey in a wheelbarrow.
  • (aviation) To cause the weight of an aeroplane to become concentrated around the nosewheel.