Definitions for piggybackˈpɪg iˌbæk

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pig•gy•backˈpɪg iˌbæk(adv.)

  1. on the back or shoulders:

    The child rode piggyback on her father.

  2. (adj.)astride the back or shoulders:

    a piggyback ride.

  3. attached to, carried on, or allied with something else:

    a piggyback clause.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  4. noting or pertaining to the carrying of one vehicle on another, as the carrying of truck trailers on flatcars.

    Category: Railroads

  5. (v.t.)to attach to, carry on, or ally with something else.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  6. to carry on the back or shoulders.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  7. to carry (one vehicle) on another.

    Category: Railroads

  8. (v.i.)to be attached to or carried on something else.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  9. (n.)a piggyback ride.

  10. a vehicle on which another is carried.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Railroads

  11. anything attached to or carried on something else.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

    Ref: Sometimes, pickaback.

Origin of piggyback:

1580–90; alter. of pickaback

Princeton's WordNet

  1. piggyback(verb)

    the act of carrying something piggyback

  2. piggyback(verb)

    ride on someone's shoulders or back

  3. piggyback(verb)

    haul truck trailers loaded with commodities on railroad cars

  4. piggyback(verb)

    haul by railroad car

  5. piggyback(verb)

    support on the back and shoulders

    "He piggybacked her child so she could see the show"

  6. piggyback(adverb)

    bring into alignment with

    "an amendment to piggyback the current law"

  7. piggyback, pickaback, pig-a-back(adverb)

    on a railroad flatcar

    "the trailer rode piggyback across the country"

  8. piggyback, pickaback, pig-a-back(adverb)

    on the back or shoulder or astraddle on the hip

    "she carried her child piggyback"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. piggyback(noun)ˈpɪg iˌbæk

    to carry sb on your back with their legs around you


  1. piggyback(Verb)

    To attach or append something to another (usually larger) object or event.

  2. piggyback(Verb)

    To obtain a wireless internet connection by bringing one's own computer within the range of another's wireless connection without that subscriber's permission or knowledge.

  3. piggyback(Verb)

    Utilizing last mile wiring (not wireless slang) rented from a larger owner ISP by a smaller ISP, last milers are obligated to sell to competitors in places like Canada.

  4. piggyback(Adverb)

    On somebody's back or shoulders.

    to ride piggyback

  5. piggyback(Adjective)

    On somebody's back or shoulders.

    to ride piggyback

  6. Origin: A corruption of pickaback, itself a corruption of pick-pack, like a pack.


  1. Piggyback

    Piggyback transportation is transportation of goods where one transportation unit is carried on the back of something else - it is a specialised form of intermodal transportation and of combined transport.


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