[ steed ]
/ stid /


a horse, especially a high-spirited one.

Nearby words

  1. steatorrhoea,
  2. steatosis,
  3. stech,
  4. stechhelm,
  5. stedfast,
  6. steek,
  7. steel,
  8. steel band,
  9. steel blue,
  10. steel drum

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

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British Dictionary definitions for steed


/ (stiːd) /


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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