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

  • He never was what you might call a "horsey" man—let us hope he won't come to that!

  • Horsey had engaged upon a daring undertaking, and had an adventurous journey.

  • Let me own the soft impeachment: I am not a racing man—not in any degree "horsey."

    Mystic London:

    Charles Maurice Davies

  • Afterward when she thought of it, Clara always remembered her wedding feast as a horsey affair.

    Poor White

    Sherwood Anderson

  • Horsey answered that with others he had admired their strange fashion.

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