A barrow in a field.
- The definition of barrow is short for wheelbarrow.
- An example of a barrow is what farmers might use to transport hay.
- An example of a barrow is a cart with which you might transport luggage.
- An example of a barrow is what a hot dog vendor might push.
- Chiefly Brit. a small cart with two wheels, pushed by hand; pushcart
Origin of barrowMiddle English barwe ; from Old English bearwe, basket, barrow ; from beran, bear
- a heap of earth or rocks covering a grave, esp. an ancient one; tumulus
- a mountain; hill: now used only in English place names
Origin of barrowMiddle English berwe ; from Old English beorg, hill ; from Indo-European base an unverified form bhereĝh-, high, elevated from source German berg, burg, Classical Latin fortis
Origin of barrowMiddle English barow ; from Old English beorg ; from Indo-European base an unverified form bher-: see barrator
Origin of Barrowafter Sir John Barrow (1764-1848), Eng geographer: he promoted Arctic exploration
- A handbarrow.
- A wheelbarrow.
Origin of barrowMiddle English barowe, from Old English *bearwe; see bher-1 in Indo-European roots.
Origin of barrowMiddle English bergh, from Old English beorg, beorh, hill, burial site; see bhergh-2 in Indo-European roots.
Origin of barrowMiddle English barow, from Old English bearg.
From Middle English berwe, bergh, from Old English beorg (“mountain, hill, mound, barrow, burial place”), from Proto-Germanic *bergaz (“mountain”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰergʰ- (“height”), from *bʰeregʰ- (“high, elevated”). Cognate with West Frisian berch (“mountain”), Low German Barg (“mountain”), Dutch berg (“mountain”), German Berg (“mountain”), Danish bjerg (“mountain”), Swedish berg (“mountain”), Icelandic berg, bjarg (“rock”), Polish brzeg (“bank, shore”), Russian берег (béreg, “bank, shore, land”).
From Middle English barwe, barewe, barowe, from Old English bearwe (“basket, handbarrow”), from Proto-Germanic *barwǭ, *barwijǭ (“stretcher, bier”) (compare Eastern Frisian barwe, Low German Berwe, Old Norse barar (plural), Middle High German radebere (“wheelbarrow”)), from *beraną (“to bear”). More at bear.
From Old English bearg.