a horse, especially a high-spirited one.

Origin of steed

before 900; Middle English stēde, Old English stēda stallion; akin to stōd stud2; compare German Stute
Related formssteed·like, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for steed

colt, mare, stallion, filly, plug, pony, nag, foal, gelding, mustang, bronco

Examples from the Web for steed

Contemporary Examples of steed

Historical Examples of steed

  • "We shut the door when the steed's stolen, Mr. Arthur," was his salutation.

    The Channings

    Mrs. Henry Wood

  • I thank you, Captain, I shall use my own steed, which is waiting for me close at hand.

    The Black Tulip

    Alexandre Dumas (Pere)

  • Our steed was then put in again in a few seconds, and we proceeded on our way.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • And he brought back with him from that land a steed of the gods, nine feet high.

  • The steed was staked out in the field of the mushrooms of life.

British Dictionary definitions for steed



archaic, or literary a horse, esp one that is spirited or swift

Word Origin for steed

Old English stēda stallion; related to German Stute female horse; see stud ²
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Word Origin and History for steed

Old English steda "stallion, stud horse," from Proto-Germanic *stodjon (cf. Old Norse stoð), from the root of Old English stod (see stud (2)). In Middle English, "a great horse" (as distinguished from a palfrey), "a spirited war horse." Obsolete from 16c. except in poetic, rhetorical, or jocular language.

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