synonyms, antonyms, definitions, examples & translations of wagon in English

English Online Dictionary. What means wagon‎? What does wagon mean?

Borrowed from Middle Dutch wagen, from Old Dutch *wagan, from Proto-West Germanic *wagn, from Proto-Germanic *wagnaz (wagon), from Proto-Indo-European *woǵʰnos (wagon, primitive carriage), from *weǵʰ- (to transport). Doublet of wain. Related also to way, weigh.

Sense 8 (“woman of loose morals; obnoxious woman”) is probably a derogatory and jocular reference to a woman being “ridden”, that is, mounted for the purpose of sexual intercourse.

The verb is derived from the noun.

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈwæɡ(ə)n/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈwæɡən/
  • (General Australian) IPA(key): /ˈwæːɡən/
  • Rhymes: -æɡən
  • Hyphenation: wa‧gon

wagon (plural wagons)

  1. A heavier four-wheeled (normally horse-drawn) vehicle designed to carry goods (or sometimes people). [from late 15th c.]
    Antonym: (lighter four-wheeled vehicle) carriage
  2. Abbreviation of toy wagon; A child's riding toy, with the same structure as a wagon (sense 1), pulled or steered by a long handle attached to the front.
  3. (US, chiefly New England) A shopping cart.
  4. (rail transport) A vehicle (wagon) designed to transport goods or people on railway.
    Synonyms: (US) railroad car, car, (Britain) railway wagon, railway carriage, carriage, railtruck, truck, (passenger railcar) coach
    Hypernym: rolling stock
  5. Short for dinner wagon (set of light shelves mounted on castors so that it can be pushed around a dining room and used for serving).
  6. (slang) Short for paddy wagon (police van for transporting prisoners).
  7. (chiefly Australia, US, slang) Short for station wagon (type of car in which the roof extends rearward to produce an enclosed area in the position of and serving the function of the boot (trunk)); (by extension) a sport utility vehicle (SUV); any car.
  8. (Ireland, slang, derogatory, dated) A woman of loose morals, a promiscuous woman, a slapper; (by extension) a woman regarded as obnoxious; a bitch, a cow.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:promiscuous woman
  9. (mathematics) A kind of prefix used in de Bruijn notation.
  10. (slang) Buttocks.
  • wagan, waghen (obsolete)
  • waggon (British, dated)
  • Dutch: wagon
  • French: wagon (see there for further descendants)
  • German: Waggon
  • Japanese: わごん, ワゴン (wagon)
  • Polish: wagon
  • Spanish: vagón

wagon (third-person singular simple present wagons, present participle wagoning, simple past and past participle wagoned)

  1. (transitive, chiefly US) To load into a wagon in preparation for transportation; to transport by means of a wagon.
  2. (intransitive, chiefly US) To travel in a wagon.
  • wagoning, waggoning (noun)
  • wagon on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
  • Wagon in the Encyclopædia Britannica (11th edition, 1911)
  • Gowan, gowan, Wogan, wango, wonga
  • waggon (archaic)

Borrowed from English waggon, itself from Middle Dutch wagen. Doublet of wagen.

The pronunciation was likely influenced by French wagon, which was also borrowed from English.

  • IPA(key): /ʋaːˈɣɔn/
  • Hyphenation: wa‧gon
  • Rhymes: -ɔn

wagon m (plural wagons, diminutive wagonnetje n)

  1. a train car, a wagon (railway carriage, a nonpowered unit in a railroad train)
  • goederenwagon
  • personenwagon
  • metrowagon
  • tramwagon
  • treinwagon
  • veewagon
  • Indonesian: wagon

Borrowed from English wagon, from Middle Dutch wagen.

  • (Belgium) IPA(key): /wa.ɡɔ̃/
  • (France, Switzerland) IPA(key): /va.ɡɔ̃/

wagon m (plural wagons)

  1. railway carriage
  • The word voiture is preferred for passenger transport.
  • “wagon”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.

From Dutch wagon, from English wagon, from Middle Dutch wagen, from Old Dutch wagan, from Proto-Germanic *wagnaz, from Proto-Indo-European *woǵʰnos, from *weǵʰ-. Doublet of wahana.

  • IPA(key): [ˈwaɡɔn], [ˈwaɡon]
  • Hyphenation: wa‧gon

wagon (first-person possessive wagonku, second-person possessive wagonmu, third-person possessive wagonnya)

  1. car (a railway carriage, a nonpowered unit in a railroad train).
  • wahon
  • “wagon” in Kamus Besar Bahasa Indonesia, Jakarta: Agency for Language Development and Cultivation – Ministry of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology of the Republic of Indonesia, 2016.


  1. Rōmaji transcription of わごん
  2. Rōmaji transcription of ワゴン
  • wogon
  • -wagian (found in witharwagian (to flow back))

From Proto-West Germanic *wagōn, from Proto-Germanic *wagōną.


  1. to sway

Borrowed from French wagon, from English wagon, from Middle Dutch wagen, from Old Dutch *wagan, from Proto-West Germanic *wagn, from Proto-Germanic *wagnaz, from Proto-Indo-European *woǵʰnos, from *weǵʰ-.

  • IPA(key): /ˈva.ɡɔn/
  • Rhymes: -aɡɔn
  • Syllabification: wa‧gon

wagon m inan

  1. (rail transport) car, railroad car (nonpowered unit in a railroad train)
  2. (colloquial) truckload
  • wagon in Wielki słownik języka polskiego, Instytut Języka Polskiego PAN
  • wagon in Polish dictionaries at PWN

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