Definition of carthorse in English:



  • A large, strong horse suitable for heavy work.

    • ‘These twin towns looked bizarrely like those in old-fashioned villages, complete with dirt roads and carthorses.’
    • ‘The carthorses shared a stall not only with their own species, but with pigs and cows who wandered in and out.’
    • ‘Loveable Ted Clydesdale, the gentle giant of a carthorse immortalised as the lead character in a fast-selling children's book, is to make a guest appearance at the Three Counties Show.’
    • ‘Kate who adored horses was carried through the streets on a carriage drawn by a carthorse she used to ride in her younger, happier days.’
    • ‘His range of subjects includes hunting scenes, particularly of the Rufford, and he also painted powerful pictures of carthorses.’
    • ‘For the most part local deliveries were done by carthorse.’
    • ‘The only story of hers that I remember was about the time an old carthorse was brought back into service after a car, then a tractor, both got bogged.’
    • ‘Languishing in the corner of the lorry, the emaciated carthorse was ‘a very, very sorry sight’ said Tove.’
    • ‘Their horses were among the finest cart horses in London, but were outshone by the brewers, whose horses took the most prizes at the London carthorse parades.’
    • ‘She is as clumsy as a young carthorse and falls over anything that lies in her path.’
    • ‘Apparently an old carthorse gave up the ghost and died on Nebuchadnezzar Street.’
    • ‘And indeed at La Ferme, where authentic farmyard smells permeate the eating area, diners can look down through the glass panes in the floor onto the flock of mountain sheep, a carthorse and a flock of hens.’
    • ‘The centre works with beginners, but their pride is persuading hardened riders used to hunters to switch to carthorses.’
    • ‘He argued that one horse could pull more with a two-wheel, rather than four-wheel, vehicle, since there was less friction with the pavement and the wheel was larger, but carthorses were more easily fatigued and worn out.’
    • ‘Taking a pair of carthorses to Grafton to be re-shod took more than half a day.’
    • ‘In 1939, carthorses still outnumbered tractors by 1.5m to 600,000.’
    • ‘Of those I saw in the flesh, Cruyff was the carthorse who won the Derby.’
    • ‘He heard the sound of a distant horn, gradually becoming louder, before a carthorse emerged through the brick wall, followed by a legion of Roman soldiers which looked to be walking on their knees.’
    • ‘Flintoff, as Selvey correctly deduces, has become the heartbeat of the team; the carthorse that also provides the gallops.’