- a person who rides horses professionally in races.
- Informal. a person who pilots, operates, or guides the movement of something, as an airplane or automobile.
- to ride (a horse) as a jockey.
- Informal. to operate or guide the movement of; pilot; drive.
- to move, bring, put, etc., by skillful maneuvering: The movers jockeyed the sofa through the door.
- to trick or cheat: The salesman jockeyed them into buying an expensive car.
- to manipulate cleverly or trickily: He jockeyed himself into office.
- to aim at an advantage by skillful maneuvering.
- to act trickily; seek an advantage by trickery.
Origin of jockey
Examples from the Web for jockey
And my father is a jockey so when I saw his picture I knew it was a grandstand at a racetrack.
My mother died when I was three months old in a car accident, and my dad being a jockey, he gave me to his parents to raise.
In the Jockey ad, half of Jim Palmer's princely, brooding face is fully lighted, the other half is masked in shadow.
His one stipulation before okaying a poster of his Jockey ad, for example, was that all proceeds go to cystic fibrosis.
Palmer turned out to be so dependable in his public appearances that Jockey was shocked.
He wants the mare stopped, an' don't want no muddlin' about with the jockey, see?
Allis gave Jockey Redpath the benefit of her knowledge of Lauzanne's peculiarities.
Jockey Redpath had been riding Lucretia in her gallops since she had come to Gravesend.
"But, boss——" There was a note of strong protest in the jockey's voice.
Jockey Grogan laughed and flung an insult over his shoulder.
- a person who rides horses in races, esp as a profession or for hire
- (tr)to ride (a horse) in a race
- (intr)to ride as a jockey
- (intr often foll by for) to try to obtain an advantage by manoeuvring, esp literally in a race or metaphorically, as in a struggle for power (esp in the phrase jockey for position)
- to trick or cheat (a person)
Word Origin and History for jockey
1520s, "boy, fellow," originally a Scottish proper name, variant of Jack. The meaning "person who rides horses in races" first attested 1660s.
1708, "trick, outwit, gain advantage," from jockey (n.) perhaps from its former additional sense of "horse trader" (1680s). Meaning "to ride a horse in a race" is from 1767. Related: Jockeyed; jockeying.