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[steed] /stid/
a horse, especially a high-spirited one.
Origin of steed
before 900; Middle English stēde, Old English stēda stallion; akin to stōd stud2; compare German Stute
Related forms
steedlike, adjective Unabridged
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  • The red-headed ranch boy slipped off the back of his steed and alighted on a rock, so as to make no tracks.

  • "We shut the door when the steed's stolen, Mr. Arthur," was his salutation.

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
  • The splendid English girl on her thoroughbred beside the beautiful Arab steed and his graceful rider.

    Mr. Isaacs F. Marion Crawford
  • I thank you, Captain, I shall use my own steed, which is waiting for me close at hand.

    The Black Tulip Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
  • Presently, the bull's attention is drawn from the steed, and it turns to face the gaudy matador.

    The Story of Seville Walter M. Gallichan
  • And he brought back with him from that land a steed of the gods, nine feet high.

  • When he came to the door of the house, all he did was to stand upright, and to let his steed pass from under him.

British Dictionary definitions for steed


(archaic or literary) a horse, esp one that is spirited or swift
Word Origin
Old English stēda stallion; related to German Stute female horse; see stud²
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Word Origin and History for steed

Old English steda "stallion, stud horse," from Proto-Germanic *stodjon (cf. Old Norse stoð), from the root of Old English stod (see stud (2)). In Middle English, "a great horse" (as distinguished from a palfrey), "a spirited war horse." Obsolete from 16c. except in poetic, rhetorical, or jocular language.

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