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horsy

or horsey

[hawr-see] /ˈhɔr si/
adjective, horsier, horsiest.
1.
of, relating to, or characteristic of a horse.
2.
dealing with or interested in horses, horseback riding, fox hunting, horse racing, etc.:
the horsy set in local society.
3.
rather heavy and awkward in general appearance or facial structure:
That heavy coat makes you look horsy.
Origin of horsy
1585-1595
First recorded in 1585-95; horse + -y1
Related forms
horsiness, noun
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Historical Examples
  • And here of course the conversation was of the horse, horsy.

  • When he met the "horsy" man next morning, he was not dressed like a gentleman.

    Ravenshoe

    Henry Kingsley
  • Before he found them "all wrong," he had a horsy acquaintance in a judge.

    The Lincoln Story Book Henry L. Williams
  • Lokes was a small, smooth-shaven fellow, very well dressed, with something the air of a horsy gentleman.

  • Schwalliger himself made his way back to the stables; his dirty, horsy, rubber's outfit was there.

    The heart of happy hollow Paul Laurence Dunbar
  • In each case the name alludes to a white mark, or what horsy people call a star.

    The Romance of Names

    Ernest Weekley
  • "It sounds 'horsy' all right," he answered, giving his tail a sweep to brush off some flies that had settled on his side.

  • Her horsy face, under a curling net, looked out of the annunciator plate.

    The Syndic C.M. Kornbluth
  • It is rather refreshing to meet a young lady who is not horsy, but it is a loss to yourself not to ride.

    A Crooked Path Mrs. Alexander
  • The walls were ornamented with pictures cut from the American Sunday supplements, mostly feminine and horsy studies.

    The Man with the Clubfoot Valentine Williams
Word Origin and History for horsy
adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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