noun, plural hors·es, (especially collectively) horse.
verb (used with object), horsed, hors·ing.
- to make (a person) the target of boisterous jokes.
- to perform boisterously, as a part or a scene in a play.
- to caulk (a vessel) with a hammer.
- to work or haze (a sailor) cruelly or unfairly.
verb (used without object), horsed, hors·ing.
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Idioms for horse
Origin of horse
OTHER WORDS FROM horsehorseless, adjectivehorselike, adjectiveun·der·horse, verb (used with object), un·der·horsed, un·der·hors·ing.
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH horsehoarse, horse
Words nearby horse
BEHIND THE WORD
Where does the word horse come from?
A horse is a horse, of course, of course. And that’s basically true, etymologically speaking, too.
Horse comes from the Old English hors. The word has many cousins in Germanic languages, and might come from an ancient root meaning “to run.” If that’s the case—then of course!
At the same time, that Old English hors has no relation to hors d’oeuvre, French for “outside the main course.”
Now that you know how horses got their name, why not find out how some of our other most beloved pets got theirs in the slideshow: “Where Do The Words For Our Pets Come From?”
Did you know … ?
Humans domesticated horses, the quintessential riding animal, at least 6,000 years ago. Horses have had a gigantic impact on civilization, used for travel, food cultivation, sport, warfare, and many other functions.
The impact of horses on humans is evident in the English language, too. The word has been applied to everything from gymnastics (e.g., pommel horse) to carpentry (sawhorse) to chess (the knight piece) to various informal terms (horse as slang for “man, fellow”) and expressions, e.g., healthy as a horse and I’m so hungry, I could eat a horse.
Example sentences from the Web for horse
The bill also includes apparent safety measures that I consider Trojan horses because they would allow the government to surveil users.Brazil’s “fake news” bill won’t solve its misinformation problem|Amy Nordrum|September 10, 2020|MIT Technology Review
I found that the press was usually more interested in drama among Democrats, the kind of blow-by-blow, the horse race.Pete Buttigieg Says Dems Did Not Coordinate to Seal Biden’s Primary Win|Nick Fouriezos|September 9, 2020|Ozy
Of course, Main Street investors, for the most part, can’t afford to throw down millions of dollars for a race horse, classic car, or art piece.How a bottled-water founder became the richest man in China (for a moment)|Lucinda Shen|September 8, 2020|Fortune
In 1984, a prize horse owned by the president of Deston Fearing, a Minnesota-based animal identification company, was stolen.
Dark-horse candidates include current foreign minister Toshimitsu Motegi and defense minister Taro Kono.The legacy Shinzo Abe, Japan’s longest-serving Prime Minister, will leave after resigning|claychandler|August 28, 2020|Fortune
I mean, the reality of it was, I had to go out and get on a horse, and ride in, shoot the gun — how hard was that, right?The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile|Robert Ward|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The poet apparently collapsed in the street upon his departure from “The Horse” and died not long after.
The Horse You Came in On Saloon, Baltimore Horse-themed bars must be bad luck for famous authors.
And the budget provides $697,000 to the “Horse Protection Act of 1970.”
We kept on shooting for another year...and were never able to get the shot of him climbing on the horse.‘No Regrets’: Peter Jackson Says Goodbye to Middle-Earth|Alex Suskind|December 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Now, we could do wi' a third horse—get yourself ready, and drive over there, and take a look at it.The Root of All Evil|J. S. Fletcher
Looking back, when he reached the house, he saw that Masten was still standing beside his horse.The Range Boss|Charles Alden Seltzer
Every horse that can stand up is pressed into service for the day.Worldly Ways and Byways|Eliot Gregory
Sits on the bench, I believe; rides a horse in the Yeomanry; very good-looking, quite intelligent.Yonder|Emily Hilda Young
They appeared as if one horse had been mounted, and the other led.Astoria|Washington Irving
British Dictionary definitions for horse
- a horse (Equus caballus) that has become feral
- another name for Przewalski's horse
- any other member of the family Equidae, such as the zebra or ass
- (as modifier)the horse family
Derived forms of horsehorseless, adjectivehorselike, adjective
Word Origin for horse
Idioms and Phrases with horse
In addition to the idioms beginning with horse
- horse around
- horse of a different color, a
- horse sense
- horse trading
- back the wrong horse
- beat a dead horse
- cart before the horse
- change horses in midstream
- charley horse
- dark horse
- eat like a bird (horse)
- from the horse's mouth
- hold one's horses
- if wishes were horses
- look a gift horse in the mouth
- on one's high horse
- war horse
- wild horses couldn't drag
- work like a beaver (horse)
- you can lead a horse to water