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droshky \droshky\ n. same as drosky.

Syn: drosky.


drosky \dros"ky\ (dr[o^]s"k[y^]), n.; pl. Droskies (dr[o^]s"k[i^]z). [Russ. drojki, dim. of drogi a kind of carriage, prop. pl. of droga shaft or pole of a carriage.] A low, four-wheeled, open carriage, formerly used in Poland and Russia, consisting of a kind of long, narrow bench, on which the passengers ride as on a saddle, with their feet reaching nearly to the ground. Other kinds of vehicles have been so called, esp. a kind of victoria drawn by one or two horses, and used as a public carriage in German cities.


n. An open horse-drawn carriage, especially in Russia.


n. an open horse-drawn carriage with four wheels; formerly used in Poland and Russia [syn: drosky]


A droshky or drosky is a term used for several types of carriage, including:

  • A low, four-wheeled open carriage used especially in Russia. It consists of a long bench on which the passengers ride sideways or astride, as on a saddle, with their feet on bars near the ground.
  • Various two-wheeled or four-wheeled public carriages used in Russia and other countries. Dray cart.

The name comes from the Russian word droga, pole of a wagon. Baroosh was, briefly in the 1850s, a colloquial Muscovite term for the Droshky.

19th Century depiction by Aleksander Orłowski. Image:Orlov Trotter Krasa in racing droshky by Sverchkov.jpg|Racing droshky.

Usage examples of "droshky".

Certainly the mountains and ridges below were flicking past much faster than the familiar countryside had in the droshky or carriole ride between the fax portal and Ardis Hall.

Harman and nothing at all to Daeman, since trips by voynix-pulled carriole or droshky were never longer than a mile or two.

Most of the guests had fled, running down the road when they could find no available droshky or carriole or voynix to pull them, but about seventy disciples had stayed, standing with Ada and Odysseus on the sloping yard.

By late afternoon, the twenty or so guests at the manor—some babbling about the day’s turin-experienced events, going on and on about Menelaus being shot by a poisoned arrow or somesuch nonsense—were gathered together by helpful servitors and everyone departed for the “pour site” in a caravan of droshkies and carrioles.

Ardis Hall had only a dozen carrioles and droshkies, and these were being worn out—as were the oddly sullen voynix—in transporting the constant stream of visitors between faxnode and house all hours of the day and night, so some of the volunteers from the first days of Odysseus’ teaching took turns staying at the fax portal and urging the constant line of visitors to walk the incredible mile and a quarter to the manor.

Ada had been furious as the two rode in one of Ardis’s droshkies to the fax pavilion.

Think of the travelers, in their droshky or sled or whatever the horse-drawn vehicle was, fleeing across the steppes, pursued by the ravenous pack.