Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A broker; an agent; a dealer; especially, a dealer in horses.
  • noun A groom.
  • noun A swift horse; a runner; a war-horse: used chiefly in poetry.
  • noun One who hunts; one who pursues the sport of coursing.
  • noun A discourser; a disputant.
  • noun In ornithology: A bird of the genus Cursorius: as, the cream-colored courser, Cursorius isabellinus.
  • noun plural The birds of the old group Cursores; the struthious birds, as the ostrich, etc.

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

  • noun One who courses or hunts.
  • noun Poetic. A swift or spirited horse; a racer or a war horse; a charger.
  • noun (Zoöl.) A grallatorial bird of Europe (Cursorius cursor), remarkable for its speed in running. Sometimes, in a wider sense, applied to running birds of the Ostrich family.

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

  • noun A dog used for coursing.
  • noun A person who practises coursing.
  • noun A hunter.
  • noun A stone used in building a course.
  • noun A racehorse or a charger.
  • noun Any of several species of bird in the genus Cursorius of the family Glareolidae.

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

  • noun swift-footed terrestrial plover-like bird of southern Asia and Africa; related to the pratincoles
  • noun a huntsman who hunts small animals with fast dogs that use sight rather than scent to follow their prey
  • noun a dog trained for coursing
  • noun formerly a strong swift horse ridden into battle

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Middle English, from Anglo-Norman cursier, corser (French: coursier), from curs "course".

Examples

  • Of courser, that is exactly what every government should be doing.

    The Case for Fair Trade

  • Jaime Lannister trotted onto the field on a chestnut courser with a tawny mane, clad in golden armor that flashed and glittered in the sun.

    Trial of Seven

  • Now she was tolerating him too much, crabby on account of his art, using courser language, waxing indifferent.

    Bear Circuit

  • Identifying megadiverse countries instead of regions is spatially courser and concentrates biodiversity over a larger percentage of the globe: collectively the 17 nations cover about 40 percent of the world's non-glacial land area.

    Bill Chameides: Where Nature Does Her DNA Banking

  • Perhaps this simplicity eluded me when attempting to prepare a complex three-courser that would speak to Norman Dubie's poetic flights of fancy.

    Poetry And Food

  • But if you're looking to start the party fashionably early (We always are), Ammo gets the ball rolling on Sunday, July 11th with a notable three-courser.

    Bastille Day In Los Angeles

  • Since I didn't want to bury myself in the kitchen all night, I felt a three-courser would suffice.

    Poetry And Food

  • Jaime Lannister trotted onto the field on a chestnut courser with a tawny mane, clad in golden armor that flashed and glittered in the sun.

    Trial of Seven

  • Perhaps this simplicity eluded me when attempting to prepare a complex three-courser that would speak to Norman Dubie's poetic flights of fancy.

    Poetry And Food

  • Since I didn't want to bury myself in the kitchen all night, I felt a three-courser would suffice.

    Poetry And Food

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  • In the Middle Ages, a swift and strong horse ridden by knights and men-at-arms.

    Now, it's mostly used to describe Santa's reindeer, which he whistled and shouted and called by name.

    November 8, 2007