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

  • n. Sports One who rides horses in races, especially as a profession.
  • n. Slang One who operates a specified vehicle, machine, or device: a bus jockey; a computer jockey.
  • transitive v. Sports To ride (a horse) as jockey.
  • transitive v. To direct or maneuver by cleverness or skill: jockeyed the car into a tight space.
  • transitive v. To trick; cheat.
  • intransitive v. Sports To ride a horse in a race.
  • intransitive v. To maneuver for a certain position or advantage: jockeying for a promotion.
  • intransitive v. To employ trickery.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who rides racehorses competitively.
  • n. That part of a variable resistor or potentiometer that rides over the resistance wire
  • n. An operator of some machinery or apparatus.
  • v. To ride (a horse) in a race.
  • v. To maneuver (something) by skill for one's advantage.
  • v. To cheat or trick.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A professional rider of horses in races.
  • n. A dealer in horses; a horse trader.
  • n. A cheat; one given to sharp practice in trade.
  • intransitive v. To play or act the jockey; to cheat.
  • intransitive v. To maneuver oneself aggressivley or skillfully so as to achieve an advantage.
  • transitive v. “ To jostle by riding against one.”
  • transitive v. To play the jockey toward; to cheat; to trick; to impose upon in trade.
  • transitive v. To maneuver; to move in an intricate manner so as to avoid obstacles.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To play the jockey to; trick; deceive in trade; hinder or defeat by trickery.
  • To jostle against in racing.
  • To act in the manner of a jockey; seek unfair advantage in a race, in dealing, etc.
  • n. [capitalized] A Northern English and Scotch diminutive of Jock, Jack; specifically, a Scotchman.
  • n. A strolling minstrel.
  • n. A groom; a rider or driver of horses; specifically, a man or boy employed to ride horses in races.
  • n. A dealer in horses; especially, a horse-dealer who is given to cheating; a tricky horse-trader: more commonly called a horse-jockey.
  • n. A cheat; one who deceives or takes undue advantage in trade: from the reputation of horse-traders for trickery.
  • n. In coal-mining, a self-acting apparatus carried on the front tub of a set for releasing it from the hauling-rope at a certain point.
  • n. In mech., same as jockey-wheel.
  • n. A thin walking-stick.
  • n. Same as jockey-weight.

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

  • v. defeat someone through trickery or deceit
  • v. ride a racehorse as a professional jockey
  • v. compete (for an advantage or a position)
  • n. an operator of some vehicle or machine or apparatus
  • n. someone employed to ride horses in horse races


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

Diminutive of Scots Jock, variant of Jack; see jack.



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  • In Japan, "jockey" is used to mean a pint glass of beer. Japanese Wikipedia lists "jug" as a possible source of the borrowed word.

    July 14, 2009