a horse, especially a high-spirited one.

before 900; Middle English stēde, Old English stēda stallion; akin to stōd stud2; compare German Stute

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steed (stiːd)
archaic, literary or a horse, esp one that is spirited or swift
[Old English stēda stallion; related to German Stute female horse; see stud²]

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O.E. steda "stallion, stud horse," from P.Gmc. *stodjon (cf. O.N. stoð), from the root of O.E. stod (see stud (2)). In M.E., "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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