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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Something used as a toy horse, such as the knee of an adult or a rocking horse.
  • noun A horse added to a team of horses to assist a wagon through high water or over difficult terrain.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Astride.
  • noun A child's rocking-horse or hobby-horse: commonly used in the adverbial phrase on cockhorse, a-cockhorse, on horseback, or as if on horseback (as when a child rides on a broomstick); hence, in an elevated position; elated; on the high horse.
  • Mounted as on a hobby-horse, or as if on horseback.
  • Proud; upstart.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Lifted up, as one is on a tall horse.
  • adjective Lofty in feeling; exultant; proud; upstart.
  • noun A child's rocking-horse.
  • noun rare A high or tall horse.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Lifted up, as one is on a tall horse.
  • adjective Lofty in feeling; exultant; proud; upstart.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun anything used as a toy horse (such as a rocking horse or one knee of an adult)

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Origin unknown.]

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