1) A strong four-wheeled vehicle, used for the transport of heavy goods.

This word shares the same etymology as ‘wain’ which it began to replace after the word was introduced from the Continent, probably in the sixteenth century: 1681 in the workhouse ... a waggon with bark chopt & unchopt, Selby. It was in regular use in collieries as wagon-ways were introduced: 1764 Thomas Atkinson Labourer, Slain, by a Coal waggon running over him at Late Sir Wm Lowther’s Colliery, Swillington.

dates 1681 1764

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