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Definitions for jockey
ˈdʒɒk ijock·ey

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. jockeynoun

    someone employed to ride horses in horse races

  2. jockeyverb

    an operator of some vehicle or machine or apparatus

    "he's a truck jockey"; "a computer jockey"; "a disc jockey"

  3. cheat, chouse, shaft, screw, chicane, jockeyverb

    defeat someone through trickery or deceit

  4. jockeyverb

    compete (for an advantage or a position)

  5. jockeyverb

    ride a racehorse as a professional jockey


  1. Jockeyverb

    To maneuver; to move in an intricate manner so as to avoid obstacles; as, to jockey a large cabinet up a winding staircase.

  2. Jockeyverb

    To maneuver oneself aggressivley or skillfully so as to achieve an advantage; as, he jockeyed himself into position to be noticed.


  1. jockeynoun

    One who rides racehorses competitively.

  2. jockeynoun

    That part of a variable resistor or potentiometer that rides over the resistance wire

  3. jockeynoun

    An operator of some machinery or apparatus.

  4. jockeyverb

    To ride (a horse) in a race.

  5. jockeyverb

    To maneuver (something) by skill for one's advantage.

  6. jockeyverb

    To cheat or trick.


  1. Jockey

    A jockey is someone who rides horses in horse racing or steeplechase racing, primarily as a profession. The word also applies to camel riders in camel racing. The word "jockey" originated from England and was used to describe the individual who rode horses in racing. They must be light, typically around a weight of 100-120 lb., and physically fit. They are typically self-employed and are paid a small fee from the horse trainer and a percentage of the horse's winnings. Jockeys are mainly male, though there are some well-known female jockeys too. The job has a very high risk of debilitating or life-threatening injuries.


  1. jockey

    A jockey is a person who rides horses in horse racing or steeplechase racing, primarily as a profession. They often work for a horse trainer, managing the horse's diet, exercise routine, and general care to ensure the horse's optimum performance during races. In addition, the term 'jockey' can also refer to someone who skillfully handles, controls, or manipulates a particular situation.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Jockeynoun

    a professional rider of horses in races

  2. Jockeynoun

    a dealer in horses; a horse trader

  3. Jockeynoun

    a cheat; one given to sharp practice in trade

  4. Jockeyverb

    " To jostle by riding against one."

  5. Jockeyverb

    to play the jockey toward; to cheat; to trick; to impose upon in trade; as, to jockey a customer

  6. Jockeyverb

    to play or act the jockey; to cheat

  7. Etymology: [Dim. of Jack, Scot. Jock; orig., a boy who rides horses. See 2d Jack.]


  1. Jockey

    A jockey is someone who rides horses in horse racing or steeplechase racing, primarily as a profession. The word also applies to camel riders in camel racing.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Jockey

    jok′i, n. a man (orig. a boy) who rides horses in a race: a horse-dealer: one who takes undue advantage in business.—v.t. to jostle by riding against: to cheat.—ns. Jock′eyism, Jock′eyship, the art or practice of a jockey.—Jockey Club, an association for the promotion and ordering of horse-racing. [Dim. of Jock, northern Eng. for Jack.]

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz


    From _jog_, to move slowly, and _key_, something that makes fast. Hence, one who makes the pace fast or slow, according to instructions.

Etymology and Origins

  1. Jockey

    The diminutive of Jock, which is the Scottish form of Jack or John, expressive of a servant. The first jockeys engaged in horse racing were boys, on account of their light weight; hence the term.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of jockey in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of jockey in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of jockey in a Sentence

  1. Jeff Inman:

    We are thankful that Bold and Bossy was reunited safely with her owner following the incident, we are also pleased that the jockey sustained no injuries from the fall.

  2. Eduardo Pealver:

    One of the things that was said about him repeatedly was that he was a judges judge, especially in a day and age when both parties jockey -- certainly more on the right -- to nominate judges who they see as transforming the law and embracing fairly strong ideological positions. JusticeStevenswas the opposite of that, someone who was very skeptical of that style of judging.

  3. Famer Kent Desormeaux:

    The more experienced, the more tactical hands you can have has got to be for the better, and I think I've got a pretty good jockey.

  4. Sammy Jo Bell:

    Becoming a professional jockey is something I really want to do and I know that this is the time I have to work really hard, putting the hard graft in, i still have a long way to go to get there, but when I do, I'll take it from there and see how it goes.

  5. Nikolai Petrovsky:

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