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1815, representing U.S. dialectal variant pronunciation of horse, especially as applied to (large or coarse) persons.

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Examples from the Web for hoss

Historical Examples of hoss

  • Here he's left Buck's hoss, so he ain't exactly a hoss thief—yet.

    Way of the Lawless

    Max Brand

  • I looked back and seen Allister sitting on his hoss, dead still.

  • That's why he pulled up his hoss and waited for Allister to make the first move for his gun.

  • Then a gal cum out on hoss back and commenced ridin' around.

  • I guess that hoss thinks he's goin' to be froze to the ground.

    Tiverton Tales

    Alice Brown