or saice, sice

[ sahys ]

  1. (in India) a groom; stable attendant.

Origin of syce

1645–55; <Urdu sā'is<Arabic

Words Nearby syce Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use syce in a sentence

  • Beneath its far-flung branches a syce was sitting in front of a finely-proportioned and unusually big Arab horse.

    The Red Year | Louis Tracy
  • I used to pour some of it on the cloth you saw on my hand, and used it to stupefy the syce after I had frightened him.

  • He had, at last, given in to Tim's entreaties; and that worthy was dressed as a syce, or horse keeper.

    With Clive in India | G. A. Henty
  • By-and-bye, the syce (the Burma policeman) summoned up courage and said he thought he could shoot.

    At the Court of the Amr | John Alfred Gray
  • Mr. L. had also a bearer, a cooly, and a syce, with several coolies carrying provisions.

British Dictionary definitions for syce


sice or saice

/ (saɪs) /

  1. (formerly, in India) a servant employed to look after horses, drive carriages, etc

  2. (in Malaysia) a driver or chauffeur

Origin of syce

C17: from Urdu sā'is, from Arabic, from sāsa to administer

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