• synonyms


[pin-toh, peen-]
See more synonyms for pinto on Thesaurus.com
  1. marked with spots of white and other colors; mottled; spotted: a pinto horse.
Show More
noun, plural pin·tos.
  1. Western U.S. a pinto horse.
  2. pinto bean.
Show More

Origin of pinto

1855–60, Americanism; < American Spanish (obsolete Spanish) < Vulgar Latin *pinctus painted; see pinta
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for pinto

case, bin, crate, chest, coffer, carton, pinto, sarcophagus, nag, crib, glass, trot, racehorse, cayuse, mustang, dappled, heterogeneous, mixed, multicolored, spotted

Examples from the Web for pinto

Contemporary Examples of pinto

Historical Examples of pinto

  • He leaned over the saddle and spurred the pinto into his racing gait.

  • Moreover, Andy watched, and when the pairs halted he made the pinto weave.

  • And the pinto, for all his courage, could not meet that handicap and beat it.

  • Never had the pinto dodged his share of honest running, and this day was no exception.

  • He reined the pinto under the trees to look up at that tall, black mass.

British Dictionary definitions for pinto


  1. marked with patches of white; piebald
Show More
noun plural -tos
  1. a pinto horse
Show More

Word Origin for pinto

C19: from American Spanish (originally: painted, spotted), ultimately from Latin pingere to paint
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for pinto


1860, "a horse marked black and white," from American Spanish pinto, literally "painted, spotted," from Spanish, from Vulgar Latin *pinctus, variant of Latin pictus "painted," past participle of pingere "to paint" (see paint (v.)). Pinto bean is attested from 1916, so called for its markings.

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper