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horsy

or hors·ey

[hawr-see]
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adjective, hors·i·er, hors·i·est.
  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of a horse.
  2. dealing with or interested in horses, horseback riding, fox hunting, horse racing, etc.: the horsy set in local society.
  3. rather heavy and awkward in general appearance or facial structure: That heavy coat makes you look horsy.
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Origin of horsy

First recorded in 1585–95; horse + -y1
Related formshors·i·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for horsy

Historical Examples

  • And here of course the conversation was of the horse, horsy.

    The Paris Sketch Book of Mr. M. A. Titmarsh: The Irish Sketch Book

    William Makepeace Thackeray

  • When he met the "horsy" man next morning, he was not dressed like a gentleman.

    Ravenshoe

    Henry Kingsley

  • Before he found them "all wrong," he had a horsy acquaintance in a judge.

    The Lincoln Story Book

    Henry L. Williams

  • Lokes was a small, smooth-shaven fellow, very well dressed, with something the air of a horsy gentleman.

  • Schwalliger himself made his way back to the stables; his dirty, horsy, rubber's outfit was there.

    The heart of happy hollow

    Paul Laurence Dunbar


Word Origin and History for horsy

adj.

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

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