- Western U.S. a horse, especially an Indian pony.
- Also called cayuse wind. Northwestern U.S. a cold wind blowing from the east.
Origin of cayuse
- a member of a tribe of North American Indians now living in Oregon.
Examples from the Web for cayuse
Lucky the cayuse who happens to be the right size for his harness.A Woman Tenderfoot
Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson
You wish to know the name of the man who Union-Jacked your cayuse?The Spoilers of the Valley
Powder Face is woman broke, an' gentle as any cayuse can get.Prairie Flowers
James B. Hendryx
Not much on looks, Bill, but a cayuse don't cover ground on his looks.Riders of the Silences
My horse, I knew, could outrace any cayuse of the Sioux band.Lords of the North
A. C. Laut
- Western US and Canadian a small Native American pony used by cowboys
Word Origin and History for cayuse
"horse, Indian pony," 1841, American English, said to be a Chinook (native Pacific Northwest) word; also the name of an Indian group and language (1825), of unknown origin.