Try Our Apps
Dictionary.com

follow Dictionary.com

The Best Internet Slang

horse sense

noun
1.
common sense.
Origin of horse sense
1825-1835
An Americanism dating back to 1825-35
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for horse sense
Historical Examples
  • Maybe he was right enough, if the feller getting off had got any horse sense.

    The Law-Breakers Ridgwell Cullum
  • But horse sense made me pass it by and stay on my own home diamond.

    The Gorgeous Girl

    Nalbro Bartley
  • The law of compensation itself is the quintessence of horse sense.

    Dollars and Sense Col. Wm. C. Hunter
  • Marshall Field had horse sense when he inaugurated his business.

    Dollars and Sense Col. Wm. C. Hunter
  • If you'd horse sense you wouldn't have said what you handed me just now.

    The Heart of Unaga Ridgwell Cullum
  • Trust Rob, Tubby; give him credit for horse sense, won't you?

  • She's got lots of sense, horse sense and flap-doodle sense all mixed up.

  • And if you've the horse sense I reckon you have, you'll locate my object easy.

    The Man in the Twilight

    Ridgwell Cullum
  • In several other places the soldiers used the same brand of horse sense.

  • Brownie may have known what it was for, because he had a great deal of horse sense, but if he knew he did not tell.

    Tales of a Poultry Farm

    Clara Dillingham Pierson
British Dictionary definitions for horse sense

horse sense

noun
1.
another term for common sense
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for horse sense
n.

1832, American English colloquial, from horse (n.), perhaps in referfence to the animal's qualities, or the abilites of hostlers and coachmen with the animals, perhaps from the same association of "strong, large, coarse" found in horseradish.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Slang definitions & phrases for horse sense

horse sense

noun phrase

Good sense and shrewdness: horse sense needed before taking on something like that (1832+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
Cite This Source
Idioms and Phrases with horse sense

horse sense

Sound practical sense, as in She's got too much horse sense to believe his story. The exact allusion in this term, which dates from the mid-1800s, is disputed, since some regard horses as rather stupid. However, they tended to be viewed more positively in the American West, where the term originated.
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for horse sense

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for horse

8
7
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for horse sense