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Horse appears in the following tongue twister:

  • One-one was a race horse.
    Two-two was one too.
    One-one won one race.
    Two-two won one too.

Horse appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • "Nurse to men a horse muffles, rehearsed Desrae herself fumes," Rohan emotes, "Run!"
  • "One vital error!" retaliates Rohan, a cosy baby, "So can a horse tail a terror relative… no?"
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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Usage statistics for the noun horse:

conversational speech41.86%task-oriented speech58.14% imaginative writing64.95%informational writing35.05%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun horse:


Horse is sometimes a misspelling of hair or hoarse.

The word horse is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun horse

What does horse mean as a name of something?

Horse is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: horses / horse

  1. solid-hoofed herbivorous quadruped domesticated since prehistoric times
    • lexical domain: Animals - nouns denoting animals
    • scientific name: Equus caballus
    • more generic words: equid / equine = hoofed mammals having slender legs and a flat coat with a narrow mane along the back of the neck
    • more specific terms:
      • roan = a horse having a brownish coat thickly sprinkled with white or gray
      • stable companion / stablemate = a horse stabled with another or one of several horses owned by the same person
      • gee-gee = a word for horse used by children or in adult slang
      • dawn horse / eohippus = earliest horse
      • mesohippus = North American three-toed Oligocene animal
      • protohippus = Pliocene horse approaching donkeys in size
      • male horse = the male of species Equus caballus
      • female horse / mare = female equine animal
      • riding horse / saddle horse / mount = a lightweight horse kept for riding only
      • pony = a range horse of the western United States
      • polo pony = a small agile horse specially bred and trained for playing polo
      • wild horse = undomesticated or feral domestic horse
      • hack = a horse kept for hire
      • hack / jade / plug / nag = an old or over-worked horse
      • pony = any of various breeds of small gentle horses usually less than five feet high at the shoulder
      • race horse / racehorse / bangtail = a horse bred for racing
      • steeplechaser = a horse trained to run in steeplechases
      • stalking-horse = a horse behind which a hunter hides while stalking game
      • harness horse = horse used for pulling vehicles
      • workhorse = a horse used for plowing and hauling and other heavy labor
      • post horse / post-horse / poster = a horse kept at an inn or post house for use by mail carriers or for rent to travelers
      • pacer = a horse trained to a special gait in which both feet on one side leave the ground together
      • high stepper / stepper = a horse trained to lift its feet high off the ground while walking or trotting
      • chestnut = a dark golden-brown or reddish-brown horse
      • liver chestnut = a solid dark brown horse
      • bay = a horse of a moderate reddish-brown color
      • sorrel = a horse of a brownish orange to light brown color
      • palomino = a horse of light tan or golden color with cream-colored or white mane and tail
      • pinto = a spotted or calico horse or pony
    • parts:
      • encolure = the mane of a horse
      • horseback = the back of a horse
      • horse's foot = the hoof of a horse
      • withers = the highest part of the back at the base of the neck of various animals especially draft animals
      • gaskin = lower part of a horse's thigh between the hock and the stifle
      • poll = the part of the head between the ears
      • horseflesh / horsemeat = the flesh of horses as food
    • member of: Equus / genus Equus = type genus of the Equidae: only surviving genus of the family Equidae
    • member: foal = a young horse
    • young animal: foal (horse of either sex less than one year old) / suckling (nursing foal) / weanling (foal that has been weaned) / yearling (horse of either sex that is between one and two years old) / colt (male horse under the age of four) / filly (female horse under the age of four)
    • female animal: mare (female horse four years old and older) / dam
    • male animal: stallion (non-castrated male horse four years old and older) / stud / gelding (castrated male horse)
    • collective noun: stable / stud / harras / harrase / herd (wild horses) / band (wild horses) / team (work horses in harness) / rag (colts) / rake (colts) / string (ponies) / field (racehorses)
    • collateral adjective: equine
  2. a padded gymnastic apparatus on legs
  3. troops trained to fight on horseback
  4. a framework for holding wood that is being sawed
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonyms of horse: buck / sawbuck / sawhorse
    • more generic words: frame / framework = a structure supporting or containing something
    • more specific word: trestle = sawhorses used in pairs to support a horizontal tabletop
  5. a chessman shaped to resemble the head of a horse; can move two squares horizontally and one vertically (or vice versa)

Alternative definition of the noun horse


  1. A hoofed mammal (scientific name Equus caballus).
  2. [context: zoology] Any current or extinct animal of the family Equidae, including the zebra or the ass.
  3. [uncountable] Cavalry soldiers (often capitalized).
  4. In gymnastics, a piece of equipment with a body on two or four legs, approximately four feet high with two handles on top.
  5. [context: chess] The chess piece representing a knight, depicted as a man in a suit of armor and often on a horse, hence the nickname.
  6. [slang] A large person.
  7. [nautical] A rope stretching along a yard, upon which men stand when reefing or furling the sails; foot ropes.
  8. [slang] The sedative, anti-depressant, and anxiolytic drug morphine, chiefly when used illicitly.
  9. [uncountable, slang] Heroin.

Definition of the verb horse

What does horse mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: horsed | horsing | horses

  1. provide with a horse or horses
    • lexical domain: Consumption - verbs of eating and drinking
    • more generic words: cater / ply / provide / supply = give what is desired or needed, especially support, food or sustenance
    • more specific word: remount = provide with fresh horses

Phrases with Horse

Phrases starting with the word Horse:

  1. horse fly
  2. horse balm
  3. horse barn
  4. horse bean
  5. horse cart
  6. horse gram
  7. horse mint
  8. Horse Piss
  9. horse race

Phrases ending with the word Horse:

  1. to horse
  2. one-horse
  3. sea horse
  4. cart horse
  5. dark horse
  6. dawn horse
  7. Dead Horse
  8. dray horse
  9. farm horse
  10. gift horse
  11. high horse

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Printed books with definitions for Horse

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Google previewDeductive Logic (1888)

by St. George Stock

A white horse is a white quadruped. § 536. Such inferences are very deceptive. The attributes added must be definite qualities, like whiteness, and must in no way involve a comparison. From ' A horse is a quadruped ' it may seem at first sight ...

Google previewA Wittgensteinian Way with Paradoxes (2012)

by Rupert Read

"The animal horse is an animal” is a sentence that...

Google previewFoundations of Computer Security (2006)

by David Salomon

A Trojan horse is a common type of rogue software. Such a program hides in a computer and has some malicious function. In contrast to viruses and worms, Trojans do not replicate. This chapter summarizes the main features of Trojans and ...

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Quotes about Horse

Race horse, war horse, plug horse
Plug horse?
Yes, for those wo plug along. (Bill Grace)
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Scrabble value of H4O1R1S1E1

The value of this 5-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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