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[hawr-see] /ˈhɔr si/
adjective, horsier, horsiest.
of, relating to, or characteristic of a horse.
dealing with or interested in horses, horseback riding, fox hunting, horse racing, etc.:
the horsy set in local society.
rather heavy and awkward in general appearance or facial structure:
That heavy coat makes you look horsy.
Origin of horsy
1585-95; horse + -y1
Related forms
horsiness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Lokes was a small, smooth-shaven fellow, very well dressed, with something the air of a horsy gentleman.

  • And here of course the conversation was of the horse, horsy.

  • It is rather refreshing to meet a young lady who is not horsy, but it is a loss to yourself not to ride.

    A Crooked Path Mrs. Alexander
  • When he met the "horsy" man next morning, he was not dressed like a gentleman.

    Ravenshoe Henry Kingsley
  • "It sounds 'horsy' all right," he answered, giving his tail a sweep to brush off some flies that had settled on his side.

  • In each case the name alludes to a white mark, or what horsy people call a star.

    The Romance of Names Ernest Weekley
  • Before he found them "all wrong," he had a horsy acquaintance in a judge.

    The Lincoln Story Book Henry L. Williams
  • Her horsy face, under a curling net, looked out of the annunciator plate.

    The Syndic C.M. Kornbluth
  • The walls were ornamented with pictures cut from the American Sunday supplements, mostly feminine and horsy studies.

    The Man with the Clubfoot Valentine Williams
  • He wore a horsy check suit and white spats, and his tie closely resembled a stock.

    Tales of Chinatown Sax Rohmer
Word Origin and History for horsy

1590s, from horse (n.) + -y (2). Related: Horsiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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