cart horse



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

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

Historical Examples of carthorse

  • A trout would not wobble and tug in that sullen, carthorse manner.

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

    At Good Old Siwash

    George Fitch

  • There was a concussion, and the black horse came staggering sideways, and the carthorse pushed beside it.

  • 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

  • The Carthorse she calls herself, but not of your family surely, for you are like wild Arab colt.

    Polly the Pagan

    Isabel Anderson

British Dictionary definitions for carthorse



a large heavily built horse kept for pulling carts or carriages
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