steed

[ steed ]
/ stid /

noun

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
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steed

/ (stiːd) /

noun

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

steed


n.

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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