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[hak-uh-mawr, -mohr]
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  1. a simple looped bridle, by means of which controlling pressure is exerted on the nose of a horse, used chiefly in breaking colts.
  2. Western U.S. any of several forms of halter used especially for breaking horses.
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Origin of hackamore

1840–50, Americanism; alteration (by folk etymology) of Spanish jáquima headstall < Arabic shaqīmah
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Related Words for hackamore

control, deterrent, leash, curb, restraint, rein, check, headstall, halter, hackamore

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Historical Examples of hackamore

  • "Wildfire, I got a rope on you—an' a hackamore—an' a blinder," said Slone.

    The Boy Scouts Book of Campfire Stories


  • Then he put the hackamore on it and took it out to the gate and tied it to the fence.

    Jack the Young Trapper

    George Bird Grinnell

  • Then with the animal's hackamore in his hand, he mounted and rode to join Hugh.

    Jack the Young Trapper

    George Bird Grinnell

  • He was already saddled and a hackamore was twisted round his nose.

    Cattle-Ranch to College

    Russell Doubleday

  • Dade went on tying the hackamore with a haste that might be called anxious.

    The Gringos

    B. M. Bower

British Dictionary definitions for hackamore


  1. US and NZ a rope or rawhide halter used for unbroken foals
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Word Origin for hackamore

C19: by folk etymology from Spanish jáquima headstall, from Old Spanish xaquima, from Arabic shaqīmah
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Word Origin and History for hackamore


halter for breaking horses, 1850, American English, of uncertain origin. OED and Klein suggests a corruption of Spanish jaquima (earlier xaquima) "halter, headstall of a horse," which Klein suggests is from Arabic shakimah "bit of a bridle, curb, restraint."

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