cart horse



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

Nearby words

  1. carson, rachel louise,
  2. carstensz,
  3. carstensz, mount,
  4. cart,
  5. cart before the horse, put the,
  6. cart off,
  7. cart track,
  8. cart-way,
  9. cartage,
  10. cartagena

Origin of cart horse

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for carthorse

  • He was as big as a carthorse, as graceful as a dray and as meek as a missionary.

    At Good Old Siwash|George Fitch
  • A trout would not wobble and tug in that sullen, carthorse manner.

  • Nothing will make them move faster—like whipping a carthorse into a gallop; it soon dies away in the old jog-trot.

    The Hills and the Vale|Richard Jefferies
  • Some short time afterwards a carthorse was found in the fields stabbed in several places, though, fortunately, not severely.

    Hodge and His Masters|Richard Jefferies

British Dictionary definitions for carthorse


/ (ˈkɑːtˌhɔːs) /


a large heavily built horse kept for pulling carts or carriages
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