The sledge ran far better upon the ice, I cannot say the same for the dogs.
Origin of sledge
- Dutch dialectal sleedse perhaps diminutive of Dutch slede sled from Middle Dutch sledde
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Sledge (“a surname"), influenced by sledgehammer. Australian from 1960s.According to Ian Chappell, originated in Adelaide during the 1963/4 or 1964/5 Sheffield Shield season. A cricketer who swore in the presence of a woman was taken to be as subtle as a sledgehammer (meaning unsubtle) and was called “Percy" or “Sledge", from singer Percy Sledge (whose song When a Man Loves a Woman was a hit at the time). Directing insults or obsenities at the opposition team then became known as sledging.
- Dialectal Dutch sleedse
- Old English slecg.