(noun, adjective, verb, adverb)


1. On somebody's back or shoulders.

- a piggyback ride

- to ride piggyback

2. Pertaining to transportation of goods where one transportation unit is carried on the back of something else. For example, a truck on a train.

- Until this time the railroads had favored piggyback services (...) (John H. Mahoney, Intermodal Freight Transportation, 1985)


1. on a railroad flatcar

- the trailer rode piggyback across the country

Similar word(s): pickaback

2. on the back or shoulder or astraddle on the hip

- she carried her child piggyback

Similar word(s): pickaback


1. the act of carrying something piggyback

Definition categories: act, carry


1. ride on someone's shoulders or back

Definition categories: motion, ride

2. haul truck trailers loaded with commodities on railroad cars

Definition categories: contact, haul

3. haul by railroad car

Definition categories: contact, haul

4. support on the back and shoulders

- He piggybacked her child so she could see the show

Definition categories: contact, bear, carry, hold

5. bring into alignment with

- an amendment to piggyback the current law

Definition categories: change, alter, modify

Sentences with piggyback as a verb:

- They tried to piggyback that proposal on the rivers and harbors bill.

- The popular host can’t claim credit for the trade, though. The idea wasn’t his. He piggybacked off another successful investor who had a history of picking winners.