Sledge Definition

slĕj
sledged, sledges, sledging
noun
sledges
Webster's New World
A sled or sleigh for carrying loads over ice, snow, etc.
Webster's New World

A heavy, long handled maul or hammer used to drive stakes, wedges, etc.

Wiktionary

A card game resembling all fours and seven-up; old sledge.

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verb
sledged, sledges, sledging
To convey or travel on a sledge.
American Heritage
To go or take by sledge.
Webster's New World

To hit with a sledgehammer.

Wiktionary

(chiefly cricket, Australia) To verbally insult or abuse an opponent in order to distract them (considered unsportsmanlike).

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Other Word Forms of Sledge

Noun

Singular:
sledge
Plural:
sledges

Origin of Sledge

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary

  • Dutch dialectal sleedse perhaps diminutive of Dutch slede sled from Middle Dutch sledde

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Dialectal Dutch sleedse

    From Wiktionary

  • Old English slecg.

    From Wiktionary

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