L is for Lorries

A Lorry is to the British what a truck is to an American. It came into usage in the early 1900s. I consulted the British Dictionary for this one:

British Dictionary definitions for lorry

1.a large motor vehicle designed to carry heavy loads, esp one with a flat platform US and Canadian name truck See also articulated vehicle

2. (Brit, informal) off the back of a lorry, a phrase used humorously to imply that something has been dishonestly acquired: it fell off the back of a lorry

3. any of various vehicles with a flat load-carrying surface, esp one designed to run on rails

Word Origin: perhaps related to northern English dialect lurry to pull, tug

[“lorry”. Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition. HarperCollins Publishers. 11 Feb. 2016. <Dictionary.com http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/lorry>]

Screen Shot 2016-02-23 at 7.45.53 PMThe Chart above shows the growth and decline in usage of the word, “lorry” as compared with that of “truck.”

[I was excited to research this post as it introduced me to the Ngram. I’ve been playing around with it ever since.]



About Gail

Genealogist, librarian, writer, traveler, Mormon
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10 Responses to L is for Lorries

  1. Dahlia says:

    In my childhood we used to call it a lorry dont remember when we switched to truck…

  2. Lorry are vintage now .

    Nice one .

    @dixita011 from
    Cafenined words

  3. Annette says:

    Very informative post! Thanks! Here today via a to z sign up and now I am follow! Happy blogging!
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  4. Gail says:

    Thanks for the follow, Annette! I’ve just been by your place as well!

  5. A J says:

    We use the term “lorry” here more often than “trucks”. The word truck seems fancier 🙂

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