Try Our Apps


Avoid these words. Seriously.


[pin-toh, peen-] /ˈpɪn toʊ, ˈpin-/
marked with spots of white and other colors; mottled; spotted:
a pinto horse.
noun, plural pintos.
Western U.S. a pinto horse.
Origin of pinto
obsolete Spanish
1855-60, Americanism; < American Spanish (obsolete Spanish) < Vulgar Latin *pinctus painted; see pinta Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for pinto
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • Never had the pinto dodged his share of honest running, and this day was no exception.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • And the pinto, for all his courage, could not meet that handicap and beat it.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • Moreover, Andy watched, and when the pairs halted he made the pinto weave.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • He leaned over the saddle and spurred the pinto into his racing gait.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • Well, the boy runs his eye over the bunch, and then picks the pinto right off.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
British Dictionary definitions for pinto


marked with patches of white; piebald
noun (pl) -tos
a pinto horse
Word Origin
C19: from American Spanish (originally: painted, spotted), ultimately from Latin pingere to paint
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 pinto

1860, "a horse marked black and white," from American Spanish pinto, literally "painted, spotted," from Spanish, from Vulgar Latin *pinctus, variant of Latin pictus "painted," past participle of pingere "to paint" (see paint (v.)). Pinto bean is attested from 1916, so called for its markings.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Nearby words for pinto

Word Value for pinto

Scrabble Words With Friends