Definitions

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  • n. A two-wheeled carriage pulled along by a person
  • v. to move someone by means of a rickshaw (noun sense)

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An abbreviated form of jinrikisha, in current colloquial use throughout the East.

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

  • n. a small two-wheeled cart for one passenger; pulled by one person

Etymologies

From Japanese 力車 (rikisha), an abbreviation for 人力車 (jinrikisha, "human-powered vehicle"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Her rickshaw is designed to record the conversations of her illustrious passengers, and she is rewarded based on what is overheard.

    Tides from the New Worlds: In the Heart of Kalikuata « A Working Title

  • He called a rickshaw and climbed in and sat chilly and lonely while the man dragged the vehicle along the slippery running streets.

    PEARL BUCK IN CHINA

  • Standing at the busy thoroughfares, those such as Yonge and King are here, you can see the policeman holding up his hand to regulate the traffic, because the old rickshaw is there, the taxi-bus is there, the auto is there, and in company with these you can see the man wheeling the wheelbarrow, all competing to see who shall get the first place in this modern traffic of the twentieth century.

    Changing China

  • We helped him to walk and presently, he called a rickshaw and got into it, thanking us profusely.

    EzineArticles

  • On the seat of his rickshaw was a white advertising sticker:

    THE WHITE TIGER

  • On calling a rickshaw I was much surprised to find that the man spoke English quite well.

    Through Central Borneo; an Account of Two Years' Travel in the Land of Head-Hunters Between the Years 1913 and 1917

  • You don't need permission to ride a rickshaw, which is why there are lots of drivers from outside the EU.

    Evening Standard - Home

  • Travelling around India in a rickshaw might be a novelty for foreign travellers, and considering the steep price tag, is this targeted at Indians at all?

    Analysis

  • He calls his rickshaw robot his 32nd son and programmed the android to declare: 'Wu Yulu is my Dad, I take him out on the town.'

    Home | Mail Online

  • The rickshaw is the most common form of transportation.

    TreeHugger

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  • Shortened from the Japanese jinrikisha: jin, man + riki, strength, power + sha, vehicle

    October 22, 2008

  • They were great in that Seinfeld episode.

    June 3, 2007

  • "Like a rickshaw getting pulled around by another rickshaw" - Modest Mouse

    June 3, 2007