draying [drey-ing] ExamplesWord Origin noun
- the business, occupation, or activities of driving a dray.
- a low, strong cart without fixed sides, for carrying heavy loads.
- a sledge or sled.
- any vehicle, as a truck, used to haul goods, especially one used to carry heavy loads.
verb (used with object)
- to convey on a dray.
verb (used without object)
- to drive or operate a dray, especially as an occupation.
- to convey goods by dray, especially locally or for short distances.
Origin of dray 1325–75; Middle English draye sledge; compare Old English draeg- (in drægnet dragnet), akin to dragan to draw Examples from the Web for draying Historical Examples of draying
Tiring of the sea he put his earnings in a draying enterprise.
Louis John Stellman
Building up the burned district, draying around the bay in every conceivable branch.
Amanda Minnie Douglas
British Dictionary definitions for draying dray 1 noun
- a low cart without fixed sides, used for carrying heavy loads
- (in combination)a drayman
- any other vehicle or sledge used to carry a heavy load
Word Origin for dray Old English dræge dragnet; related to Old Norse draga load of timber carried on horseback and trailing on the ground; see draw dray 2 noun
- a variant spelling of drey
Word Origin and History for draying dray n.
mid-14c., Middle English noun derivative of Old English dragan “to draw,” originally meaning a cart without wheels that has to be “dragged” (cf. Old Norse draga “timber dragged behind a horse”); see drag (v.).