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[steed] /stid/
a horse, especially a high-spirited one.
Origin of steed
before 900; Middle English stēde, Old English stēda stallion; akin to stōd stud2; compare German Stute
Related forms
steedlike, adjective Unabridged
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  • The red-headed ranch boy slipped off the back of his steed and alighted on a rock, so as to make no tracks.

  • Her steed a little higher soar'd, and then Dropt hawkwise to the earth.

    Endymion John Keats
  • The splendid English girl on her thoroughbred beside the beautiful Arab steed and his graceful rider.

    Mr. Isaacs F. Marion Crawford
  • After which the knight set Una on his steed before him and bore her away.

  • Presently, the bull's attention is drawn from the steed, and it turns to face the gaudy matador.

    The Story of Seville Walter M. Gallichan
  • Mr. Mellowtone released his led animal, and I mounted my steed.

    Field and Forest Oliver Optic
  • When he came to the door of the house, all he did was to stand upright, and to let his steed pass from under him.

British Dictionary definitions for steed


(archaic or literary) a horse, esp one that is spirited or swift
Word Origin
Old English stēda stallion; related to German Stute female horse; see stud²
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Word Origin and History for steed

Old English steda "stallion, stud horse," from Proto-Germanic *stodjon (cf. Old Norse stoð), from the root of Old English stod (see stud (2)). In Middle English, "a great horse" (as distinguished from a palfrey), "a spirited war horse." Obsolete from 16c. except in poetic, rhetorical, or jocular language.

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