marsh tacky

nounSouth Atlantic States (chiefly South Carolina and Georgia).
  1. a small, sometimes half-wild horse of the coastal marshes.

  2. 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

Words Nearby marsh tacky Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use marsh tacky in a sentence

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

    Voyage of the Paper Canoe | Nathaniel H. Bishop