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[hak-uh-mawr, -mohr] /ˈhæk əˌmɔr, -ˌmoʊr/
a simple looped bridle, by means of which controlling pressure is exerted on the nose of a horse, used chiefly in breaking colts.
Western U.S. any of several forms of halter used especially for breaking horses.
Origin of hackamore
1840-50, Americanism; alteration (by folk etymology) of Spanish jáquima headstall < Arabic shaqīmah Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Then the younger man, talking to her meanwhile, slipped off the bridle and adjusted a hackamore in its place.

    Overland Red Henry Herbert Knibbs
  • "Wildfire, I got a rope on you—an' a hackamore—an' a blinder," said Slone.

  • And every summer at home his father added extension courses in the saddle and bridle, spur, hackamore and lariat to his education.

    Laramie Holds the Range Frank H. Spearman
  • Then with the animal's hackamore in his hand, he mounted and rode to join Hugh.

    Jack the Young Trapper George Bird Grinnell
  • "Now catch the big dun," said Hugh, and in a few minutes Jack had him, and the hackamore was put on him.

    Jack the Young Trapper George Bird Grinnell
  • Dade went on tying the hackamore with a haste that might be called anxious.

    The Gringos B. M. Bower
  • The rider leaned forward and his hands worked on the head of his mount until the hackamore also came free and was tossed aside.

    The Seventh Man Max Brand
  • I'm going to ride him to-day with a hackamore; and you watch him perform, old man!

    The Gringos B. M. Bower
  • We'd ketch 'im up, hackamore 'im up, saddle 'im up and get on 'im and let 'im go.

  • "Maybe;" said Antonio, who had just come from the stable carrying on one arm his saddle, blanket, hackamore and quirt.

    Jack, the Young Ranchman George Bird Grinnell
British Dictionary definitions for hackamore


(US & NZ) a rope or rawhide halter used for unbroken foals
Word Origin
C19: by folk etymology from Spanish jáquima headstall, from Old Spanish xaquima, from Arabic shaqīmah
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for hackamore

halter for breaking horses, 1850, American English, of uncertain origin. OED and Klein suggests a corruption of Spanish jaquima (earlier xaquima) "halter, headstall of a horse," which Klein suggests is from Arabic shakimah "bit of a bridle, curb, restraint."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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