Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A horse who pulls a plow.

Etymologies

Sorry, no etymologies found.

Examples

  • A puzzle is high-profit but unpopular; a plowhorse is the opposite, popular yet unprofitable.

    Signal vs. Noise

  • For what its worth there is a little museum in Oxford, MS that has hair from Traveler's tail on display in a glass case (or maybe it is simply hair from a local farmer's grey plowhorse, apparently no DNA testing has been done, but I'll take their word for it anyway).

    What was the name of the confederate submarine that sank a Union ship? Also the name of Gen. R.E.

  • "I wouldn't know an Arab stallion from a plowhorse, but even I can tell he's beautiful."

    red dust

  • How is deferential treatment for a 21st century plowhorse (ostensibly as a reward for the good work of Paul Revere's giddyup) different from, say, affirmative-action remedies being applied to young women and minorities just exiting college who by definition have definitely not encountered employment discrimination (yet)?

    "Does the United States really want to be a country that sends horses to slaughter, here or abroad?"

  • So when a regular-season plowhorse like Schilling breaks down when it counts, Pesky doesn't hesitate when asked if the heavens were working against him one more time.

    USATODAY.com - Pesky knows of what he speaks

  • Imagine what it would be like if you took a slow and steady plowhorse and switched it with high-strung thoroughbred racehorse.

    The Pathfinder

  • Even those of us whose natures are slow and steady are going to be more attracted to being a racehorse than a plowhorse.

    The Pathfinder

  • Although the plowhorse may dream of racing, and may enjoy a hobby of racing with the other plowhorses on weekends, it would not have much fun if it actually had to compete with the thoroughbreds.

    The Pathfinder

  • There seems to be something defeatist and elitist in saying a plowhorse should plow and a racehorse should race.

    The Pathfinder

  • Kyle had just sat quietly, as if he were a good plowhorse waiting for a new shoe to be fitted.

    Owlflight

Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.