cart horse

  1. a strong horse bred to draw heavy loads; draft horse.

Origin of cart horse

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400

Words Nearby cart horse Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use cart horse in a sentence

  • At least,” he added, after a pause, “I used frequently to get rides on a cart-horse when I was a very little boy.

  • Seth Maxfield detained Gibbs for a few minutes to ask his advice about a favourite cart-horse.

    A Charming Fellow, Volume II (of 3) | Frances Eleanor Trollope
  • If he had not the air of a thoroughbred, he had none of the plebeian clumsiness of the cart-horse.

    Paul Patoff | F. Marion Crawford
  • Because she did so much, we said that she was as strong as a cart-horse.

    A Window in Thrums | J. M. Barrie
  • I might take up my old simile of the race-horse and cart-horse.

    My Lady Ludlow | Elizabeth Gaskell

British Dictionary definitions for carthorse


/ (ˈkɑːtˌhɔːs) /

  1. a large heavily built horse kept for pulling carts or carriages

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