adjective, hors·i·er, hors·i·est.


or hors·ey


adjective, hors·i·er, hors·i·est.

of, relating to, or characteristic of a horse.
dealing with or interested in horses, horseback riding, fox hunting, horse racing, etc.: the horsy set in local society.
rather heavy and awkward in general appearance or facial structure: That heavy coat makes you look horsy.

Origin of horsy

First recorded in 1585–95; horse + -y1
Related formshors·i·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for horsey

Contemporary Examples of horsey

Historical Examples of horsey

  • They were without religion, “of the horse, horsey,” and notorious thieves.

    The Gypsies

    Charles G. Leland

  • "And I want a horsey, and a wagon to hatchen on behind," Allyn shouted.

    Teddy: Her Book

    Anna Chapin Ray

  • Admiral Horsey sent an officer on board the Huascar to demand her surrender.

    Our Sailors

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • Yet the European Gipsies are all this, and at the same time ‘horsey’ like the Jats.

    Gipsy Life

    George Smith

  • They were without religion, p. 27‘of the horse, horsey,’ and notorious thieves.

    Gipsy Life

    George Smith

British Dictionary definitions for horsey



adjective horsier or horsiest

of or relating to horsesa horsey smell
dealing with or devoted to horses
like a horsea horsey face
Derived Formshorsily, adverbhorsiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for horsey



1590s, from horse (n.) + -y (2). Related: Horsiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper