Nearby words

  1. horrors,
  2. hors concours,
  3. hors d'oeuvre,
  4. hors de combat,
  5. horsa,
  6. horse around,
  7. horse balm,
  8. horse bean,
  9. horse block,
  10. horse brass

Idioms

Origin of horse

before 900; (noun) Middle English, Old English hors; cognate with Old Norse hross, Dutch ros, German Ross (Middle High German ros, Old High German hros); (v.) Middle English horsen to provide with horses, Old English horsian, derivative of the noun

Related formshorse·less, adjectivehorse·like, adjectiveun·der·horse, verb (used with object), un·der·horsed, un·der·hors·ing.

Can be confusedhoarse horse

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British Dictionary definitions for horse around

horse around

horse about

verb

(intr, adverb) informal to indulge in horseplay

horse

/ (hɔːs) /

noun

verb

Derived Formshorseless, adjectivehorselike, adjective

Word Origin for horse

Old English hors; related to Old Frisian hors, Old High German hros, Old Norse hross

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Word Origin and History for horse around
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Idioms and Phrases with horse around

horse around

Indulge in frivolous activity or play. For example, The boys were horsing around all afternoon. This term presumably alludes to horseplay, which has meant “rough or boisterous play” since the late 1500s. [First half of 1900s]

horse

In addition to the idioms beginning with horse

  • horse around
  • horse of a different color, a
  • horse sense
  • horse trading

also see:

  • 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
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