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[hawr-see] /ˈhɔr si/
adjective, horsier, horsiest.


or horsey

[hawr-see] /ˈhɔr si/
adjective, horsier, horsiest.
of, relating to, or characteristic of a horse.
dealing with or interested in horses, horseback riding, fox hunting, horse racing, etc.:
the horsy set in local society.
rather heavy and awkward in general appearance or facial structure:
That heavy coat makes you look horsy.
Origin of horsy
First recorded in 1585-95; horse + -y1
Related forms
horsiness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • They were without religion, “of the horse, horsey,” and notorious thieves.

    The Gypsies Charles G. Leland
  • "And I want a horsey, and a wagon to hatchen on behind," Allyn shouted.

    Teddy: Her Book Anna Chapin Ray
  • Admiral horsey sent an officer on board the Huascar to demand her surrender.

    Our Sailors W.H.G. Kingston
  • Yet the European Gipsies are all this, and at the same time ‘horsey’ like the Jats.

    Gipsy Life George Smith
  • They were without religion, p. 27‘of the horse, horsey,’ and notorious thieves.

    Gipsy Life George Smith
  • Let me own the soft impeachment: I am not a racing man—not in any degree "horsey."

    Mystic London: Charles Maurice Davies
  • horsey answered that with others he had admired their strange fashion.

    The Story of Moscow Wirt Gerrare
  • No wonder horsey called them a base and servile people, without courage.

    The Story of Moscow Wirt Gerrare
  • Might be the fellow balked me this morning with that horsey woman.

    Ulysses James Joyce
British Dictionary definitions for horsey


adjective horsier, horsiest
of or relating to horses: a horsey smell
dealing with or devoted to horses
like a horse: a horsey face
Derived Forms
horsily, adverb
horsiness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for horsey



1590s, from horse (n.) + -y (2). Related: Horsiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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