fifth wheel

fifth wheel
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fifth or, often, fith hweel, weel]
    • /fɪfθ or, often, fɪθ ʰwil, wil/
    • /fɪfθ wiːl/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fifth or, often, fith hweel, weel]
    • /fɪfθ or, often, fɪθ ʰwil, wil/

Definitions of fifth wheel words

  • noun fifth wheel a horizontal ring or segment of a ring, consisting of two bands that slide on each other, placed above the front axle of a carriage and designed to support the forepart of the body while allowing it to turn freely in a horizontal plane. 1
  • noun fifth wheel a similar device used as a coupling to connect a semitrailer to a tractor. 1
  • noun fifth wheel a similar coupling between a heavy-duty pickup truck and a camping trailer (fifth-wheel trailer) that extends over the bed of the truck. 1
  • noun fifth wheel an extra wheel for a four-wheeled vehicle. 1
  • noun fifth wheel a superfluous, unneeded, or unwanted person or thing: They enjoy making any outsider feel like a fifth wheel. 1
  • noun fifth wheel a spare wheel for a four-wheeled vehicle 0

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Origin of fifth wheel

First appearance:

before 1870
One of the 26% newest English words
First recorded in 1870-75

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Parts of speech for Fifth wheel


fifth wheel popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 36% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 57% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

fifth wheel usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for fifth wheel

noun fifth wheel

  • hanger-on — a person who remains in a place or attaches himself or herself to a group, another person, etc., although not wanted, especially in the hope or expectation of personal gain.
  • lagniappe — Chiefly Southern Louisiana and Southeast Texas. a small gift given with a purchase to a customer, by way of compliment or for good measure; bonus.
  • spare — to refrain from harming or destroying; leave uninjured; forbear to punish, hurt, or destroy: to spare one's enemy.
  • spare tire — a tire used or kept available as an emergency replacement on a vehicle.
  • superfluity — the state of being superfluous.

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