Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An open four-wheeled horse-drawn carriage formerly used in Russia and Poland.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An open horse-drawn carriage, especially in Russia.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. same as drosky.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A kind of light four wheeled carriage used in Russia and Prussia.
  • n. A very low four-wheeled carriage of the cabriolet type.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an open horse-drawn carriage with four wheels; formerly used in Poland and Russia

Etymologies

Russian drozhki, diminutive of drogi, wagon, pl. of droga, shaft of a wagon.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Russian дрожки, plural diminutive of дроги ("wagon, hearse"), plural of дрога ("centre pole of a carriage") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • And behold, during the sermon a lady drove up to the church in an old fashioned hired droshky, that is, one in which the lady could only sit sideways, holding on to the driver's sash, shaking at every jolt like a blade of grass in the breeze.

    The Possessed

  • [3] A "droshky" is a low, four-wheeled, open carriage, plying for hire.

    From Pole to Pole A Book for Young People

  • I will meet with the best; the wisest of them, the spokesman of their gromada, * (* Village assembly.) driving his droshky.

    The Sky Writer

  • The prince drove in his own carriage, and I in a wretched little droshky, hired for an immense sum for this solemn occasion.

    The Diary of a Superfluous Man and other stories

  • Bent double in a jolting droshky, I kept asking myself whether I should tell Varia all as it was, or go on deceiving her, and little by little turn her heart from Andrei ...

    The Diary of a Superfluous Man and other stories

  • At his door was seen the mayor with his wide chestnut-coloured droshky and pair — an exceptionally bulky man, who seemed as though cut out of material that had been laid by for a long time.

    The Diary of a Superfluous Man and other stories

  • Kutcherov, the engineer who was building the bridge, a stout, broad-shouldered, bearded man in a soft crumpled cap drove through the village in his racing droshky or his open carriage.

    The Witch, and other stories

  • His wife and daughter-in-law saw him off, and at such times when he had on a good, clean coat, and had in the droshky a huge black horse that had cost three hundred roubles, the old man did not like the peasants to come up to him with their complaints and petitions; he hated the peasants and disdained them, and if he saw some peasants waiting at the gate, he would shout angrily:

    The Witch, and other stories

  • When it was daylight a racing droshky was brought up to the front door and the old man got jauntily on to it, pulling his big cap down to his ears; and, looking at him, no one would have said he was fifty-six.

    The Witch, and other stories

  • She was dying and yet she kept on saying, ‘Buy yourself a racing droshky, Makaritch, that you may not have to walk.’

    The Witch, and other stories

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