- a small, two-wheeled, covered carriage pulled by one or more persons, esp. formerly in East Asia
- any of various similar three-wheeled vehicles, as a pedicab (in full cycle rickshaw) or a small motorized vehicle with a single seat in front for the driver (in full auto rickshaw)
Origin of rickshawshortened and altered from jinrikisha
- A two-wheeled carriage pulled along by a person
(third-person singular simple present rickshaws, present participle rickshawing, simple past and past participle rickshawed)
- to move someone by means of a rickshaw (noun sense)
From Japanese åŠ›è»Š (rikisha), an abbreviation of äººåŠ›è»Š (ã˜ã‚“ã‚Šãã—ã‚ƒ jinrikisha), from Middle Chinese äºº (nyin "person") + åŠ› (lik "strength", "power") + è»Š (tÍ¡ÊƒÊ°Ã¦ "cart") (compare Mandarin rÃ©nlÃ¬chÄ“ äººåŠ›è»Š).