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1815, representing U.S. dialectal variant pronunciation of horse, especially as applied to (large or coarse) persons.

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  • It looks like a hoss shoe, dat I admit, said Jones, but its enchanted.

  • I looked back and seen Allister sitting on his hoss, dead still.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • "He won't get very fur on that hoss," said the owner of the animal.

    Frank Merriwell's Chums Burt L. Standish
  • That's why he pulled up his hoss and waited for Allister to make the first move for his gun.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • And where a hoss can travel I reckon the old gal here'—slappin' the thwart of the auto alongside of him—'can go too!'

  • Then a gal cum out on hoss back and commenced ridin' around.

  • For instance, there's a trick that can be worked when you want to buy a hoss cheap and can get at him for a minute.

    Old Man Curry Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan
  • Couldn't they see he was riding the hoss as hard as he knew how?

    Old Man Curry Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan
  • I shouldn't think you'd put on yer boots jest to step to the barn and see to the hoss.

  • It's done with a needle and thread and a hair from the hoss's tail.

    Old Man Curry Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan
Slang definitions & phrases for hoss



A strong and dependable person; superior person; strong man; pisser: We didn't have a hoss in the bullpen until Mark Littell started coming through for us (1940s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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