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or saice, sice

[sahys] /saɪs/
(in India) a groom; stable attendant.
Origin of syce
1645-55; < Urdu sā'is < Arabic Unabridged
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  • In the mean time the commissioner had seized another spear from his syce, when the boar rushed at him.

  • He alighted, and directed his syce to follow while he walked along the road.

  • She resisted it to the end, and presently beckoned to the syce, who came up leading the pony.

    The Pool in the Desert Sara Jeanette Duncan
  • A syce, or groom, was told off to look after each three horses.

    At the Court of the Amr John Alfred Gray
  • I felt a natural anxiety with regard to the native followers who accompanied me—an orderly, a syce, and a bearer.

    To Lhassa at Last Powell Millington
  • She dropped something, stopped, and called a syce to pick it up.

  • So he had the syce carried to his hut, and then, taking out his surgical case, he cleansed and sewed up the gash.

    The Elephant God Gordon Casserly
  • And I came to Bithoor, and became a syce, and I have been a syce ever since.

    Strange Stories Grant Allen
  • The only man who had ever been known to catch the pony when he was free was his own syce, whom his master had left at Chaksam.

    To Lhassa at Last Powell Millington
  • To Finnerty's syce he added: "Take the tom-tom back; we'll walk to the bungalow."

    The Three Sapphires W. A. Fraser
British Dictionary definitions for syce


(formerly, in India) a servant employed to look after horses, drive carriages, etc
(in Malaysia) a driver or chauffeur
Word Origin
C17: from Urdu sā'is, from Arabic, from sāsa to administer
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