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Origin of sawhorse

First recorded in 1770–80; saw1 + horse Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for sawhorse

horse, support, beam, stand, brace, sawhorse

Examples from the Web for sawhorse

Contemporary Examples of sawhorse

Historical Examples of sawhorse

  • He's a sawhorse—he's as heavy in th' head as a bag of salt; he'll never do no good to nobody.


    W. A. Fraser

  • In a few moments the three were inside, with a sawhorse against the door.

    Cap'n Eri

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

  • "A sawhorse is a thing they saw boards on," remarked Jim, with a sniff.

  • "Oh, I cannot hope ever to be like you," sighed the Sawhorse.

  • But this sawhorse can trot as fast as you can, Jim; and he's very wise, too.

British Dictionary definitions for sawhorse


  1. a stand for timber during sawing
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Word Origin and History for sawhorse

"support or rack for holding wood while it is cut by a saw," 1778, from saw (n.1) + horse (n.) in the mechanical sense.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper