UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈhɔːrs/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/hɔrs/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(hôrs)

Inflections of 'horse' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
v 3rd person singular
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
horse /hɔrs/USA pronunciation   n., pl.  hors•es, (esp. when thought of as a group) horse, v.,  horsed, hors•ing, adj. 
  1. Mammals[countable] a large mammal with solid hooves, used for carrying or pulling loads and for riding.
  2. something on which a person rides, sits, or exercises, as if riding on the back of such an animal:[countable]a rocking horse.
  3. Sport[countable] a wooden apparatus for exercising or performing gymnastics;
    vaulting horse.
  4. Slang Terms[uncountable]heroin

v. [no object]
  1. Slang Termshorse around, [Informal.]to fool around;
    play roughly.
  1. eat like a horse, to eat a great deal.
  2. Idiomsfrom the horse's mouth, from a source that can be trusted or believed:I got the news straight from the horse's mouth.
  3. Idiomshold one's horses, [Informal.]to be patient:Hold your horses; we'll be there in a minute.
  4. Idiomslook a gift horse in the mouth, to be critical of a gift.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
horse  (hôrs),USA pronunciation n., pl.  hors•es,  (esp. collectively) horse, v.,  horsed, hors•ing, adj. 
  1. Mammalsa large, solid-hoofed, herbivorous quadruped, Equus caballus, domesticated since prehistoric times, bred in a number of varieties, and used for carrying or pulling loads, for riding, and for racing.
  2. Mammalsa fully mature male animal of this type;
  3. Mammalsany of several odd-toed ungulates belonging to the family Equidae, including the horse, zebra, donkey, and ass, having a thick, flat coat with a narrow mane along the back of the neck and bearing the weight on only one functioning digit, the third, which is widened into a round or spade-shaped hoof.
  4. something on which a person rides, sits, or exercises, as if astride the back of such an animal:rocking horse.
  5. BuildingAlso called  trestle. a frame, block, etc., with legs, on which something is mounted or supported.
  6. Sport[Gymnastics.]
    • See  vaulting horse. 
    • See  pommel horse. 
  7. Building[Carpentry.]carriage (def. 7).
  8. soldiers serving on horseback;
    cavalry:a thousand horse.
  9. Slang Termsa man;
  10. Informal TermsOften,  horses. horsepower.
  11. Slang Termshorses, the power or capacity to accomplish something, as by having enough money, personnel, or expertise:Our small company doesn't have the horses to compete against a giant corporation.
  12. Chessa knight.
  13. Slang Termsa crib, translation, or other illicit aid to a student's recitation;
  14. Mininga mass of rock enclosed within a lode or vein.
  15. Nautical, Naval Termstraveler (def. 6b).
  16. Nautical, Naval Terms[Shipbuilding.]a mold of a curved frame, esp. one used when the complexity of the curves requires laying out at full size.
  17. Slang Termsheroin.
  18. Idiomsback the wrong horse, to be mistaken in judgment, esp. in backing a losing candidate.
  19. Idiomsbeat or  flog a dead horse, to attempt to revive a discussion, topic, or idea that has waned, been exhausted, or proved fruitless.
  20. from the horse's mouth, [Informal.]on good authority;
    from the original or a trustworthy source:I have it straight from the horse's mouth that the boss is retiring.
  21. hold one's horses, [Informal.]to check one's impulsiveness;
    be patient or calm:Hold your horses! I'm almost ready.
  22. Idiomshorse of another color, something entirely different. Also,  horse of a different color. 
  23. Idiomslook a gift horse in the mouth, to be critical of a gift.
  24. IdiomsTo horse! Mount your horse! Ride!

  1. to provide with a horse or horses.
  2. to set on horseback.
  3. to set or carry on a person's back or on one's own back.
  4. Building[Carpentry.]to cut notches for steps into (a carriage beam).
  5. to move with great physical effort or force:It took three men to horse the trunk up the stairs.
  6. Slang Terms
    • to make (a person) the target of boisterous jokes.
    • to perform boisterously, as a part or a scene in a play.
  7. [Naut.]
    • Naval Termsto caulk (a vessel) with a hammer.
    • Naval Termsto work or haze (a sailor) cruelly or unfairly.
  8. [Archaic.]to place (someone) on a person's back, in order to be flogged.

  1. to mount or go on a horse.
  2. Animal Husbandry(of a mare) to be in heat.
  3. Slang Terms[Vulgar.]to have coitus.
  4. horse around, [Slang.]to fool around;
    indulge in horseplay.

  1. of, for, or pertaining to a horse or horses:the horse family; a horse blanket.
  2. drawn or powered by a horse or horses.
  3. mounted or serving on horses:horse troops.
  4. unusually large.
horseless, adj. 
horselike′, adj. 
  • bef. 900; (noun, nominal) Middle English, Old English hors; cognate with Old Norse hross, Dutch ros, German Ross (Middle High German ros, Old High German hros); (verb, verbal) Middle English horsen to provide with horses, Old English horsian, derivative of the noun, nominal

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
horse /hɔːs/ n
  1. a domesticated perissodactyl mammal, Equus caballus, used for draught work and riding: family Equidae
    Related adjective(s): equine
  2. the adult male of this species; stallion
  3. wild horsea horse (Equus caballus) that has become feral
  4. another name for Przewalski's horse
  5. (functioning as plural) horsemen, esp cavalry: a regiment of horse
  6. a narrow board supported by a pair of legs at each end, used as a frame for sawing or as a trestle, barrier, etc
  7. a contrivance on which a person may ride and exercise
  8. a slang word for heroin
  9. a mass of rock within a vein of ore
  10. a rod, rope, or cable, fixed at the ends, along which something may slide by means of a thimble, shackle, or other fitting; traveller
  11. an informal name for knight
  12. informal
    short for horsepower
  13. (modifier) drawn by a horse or horses: a horse cart
  14. a horse of another colour, a horse of a different coloura completely different topic, argument, etc
  15. be on one's high horse, get on one's high horseinformal to be disdainfully aloof
  16. horses for coursesa policy, course of action, etc modified slightly to take account of specific circumstances without departing in essentials from the original
  17. the horse's mouththe most reliable source
  1. to put or be put on horseback
Etymology: Old English hors; related to Old Frisian hors, Old High German hros, Old Norse hross

ˈhorseˌlike adj
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