[hak-uh-mawr, -mohr]


a simple looped bridle, by means of which controlling pressure is exerted on the nose of a horse, used chiefly in breaking colts.
Western U.S. any of several forms of halter used especially for breaking horses.

Nearby words

  1. hack,
  2. hack board,
  3. hack hammer,
  4. hack house,
  5. hack off,
  6. hackathon,
  7. hackberry,
  8. hackbut,
  9. hackbuteer,
  10. hackensack

Origin of hackamore

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

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US and NZ a rope or rawhide halter used for unbroken foals

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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