marsh tacky

noun South Atlantic States (chiefly South Carolina and Georgia).

a small, sometimes half-wild horse of the coastal marshes.
Disparaging and Offensive. a contemptuous term used to refer to a poor white living in the marshes.

Origin of marsh tacky

First recorded in 1830–40 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for marsh tacky

  • A little later every crest was surmounted by the comical figure of a marsh-tacky.

    Voyage of the Paper Canoe|Nathaniel H. Bishop