Definition of pinto in English:



North American
  • Piebald.

    • ‘He was very feisty and reminded Kris greatly of Lucky, her pinto little colt.’
    • ‘At a village on the edge of the Enchanted Woods, Phineas Brock bought lunch that afternoon and purchased a roan pinto stallion named Meadowlark because he had a lucky pink hoof.’
    • ‘I liked to watch my younger cousin, Angie, barrel race her pinto pony, Carolina.’
    • ‘As we passed a ranch with several pinto ponies in the corral, it didn't require much on my part to envision that the Comanches were not gone, the Longhorns were not gone, the drovers, the outlaws, the gunfighters - none of them were gone.’
    • ‘My first horse was a little pinto pony named King, and he did from everything from chase us around and bite us to carry us down the road on his back in carts.’
    • ‘‘There has been a great increase in the number of pinto breeders in the US and I feel the trend will spill over into this country,’ Miles said.’
    • ‘I found a real beauty - and cheap - a pinto colt with mismatched eyes: one dark, one lunatic blue.’
    • ‘Kris clicked a lead onto his halter, the young pinto thoroughbred following behind Kris sleepily.’
    • ‘Conjuring visions of sitting astride a pinto pony, an octagon-barreled rifle across the saddle, a gentle breeze blowing across the prairie grass, this gun embodies the frontier spirit.’
    • ‘The storm front had passed on through, fading, having delivered just enough rain to soak Joe and the pinto mare through to the skin.’
    • ‘Joe pulled up the pinto mare and touched the brim of his hat.’
    • ‘Across the alley from the Alamo lived a pinto pony and a Navajo who sang a sort of Indian Hideho.’
    speckled, blotched, blotchy, spotted, spotty, dotted, streaked, streaky, mottled, marbled, flecked, freckled, stippled, piebald, skewbald, pied, brindled, brindle, tabby, marled
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North American
  • A piebald horse.

    • ‘He patted the pinto's neck and glanced over at the saddle.’
    • ‘Adam turned from his brother and continued back up the slope to where his horse now grazed with his brother's pinto.’
    • ‘Chika picked her mare, a dainty pinto named Lassi and slipped a bridle and saddle on the mare.’
    • ‘A painted horse is a quarter horse with colour, not like piebald or a pinto.’
    • ‘He slowed the pinto to a walk, and tried to settle the horse down.’
    • ‘Altair held on tightly, his horse grunting beneath him, and urged him forward, causing the pinto to bellow angrily.’
    • ‘Someone needs to put this pinto out to pasture pronto.’
    • ‘The pinto was different, taller and leaner with more black in his coat, but he had that same short-bodied, chunky look that Joe Cartwright favoured.’
    • ‘Adam muttered darkly under his breath about what he was going to do to a younger brother and shoved Sport after the quickly dwindling form of the pinto.’
    • ‘A roan pinto snapped to, looked at her a long, close moment before succumbing to a yawn.’
    • ‘He angled Buck back around and without leaving the saddle, reached over and loosened the pinto's reins.’
    • ‘Joe unwrapped Cochise's reins from the hitching rail and backed the pinto out into the street, where he vaulted into the saddle.’
    • ‘A tall gray man with piercing eyes and a sternly lined face remained firmly seated in the pinto's saddle, while four winged men, wearing clothing not too much unlike ploughmen's attire, circled the deck.’
    • ‘It was a beautiful creature and as I moved to the switchback to enter the corral, the pinto began to crib on the fencing.’
    • ‘On the other side were three sleek horses, tall, with shining coats, chestnut, black, and a pinto, golden-blonde and black.’
    • ‘Frank McCay watched as Joe Cartwright wheeled his pinto around and headed for the Ponderosa.’
    • ‘Zef's cannon was to their left with two pintos tied to a close by shrub.’
    • ‘Where you from that they don't have bays and chestnuts, only pintos?’
    • ‘He had made a noise, and one of the horses, a beautiful dark chestnut and white pinto, came running over.’
    • ‘Off to one side, something skittered away and Joe felt more than saw that Cochise turned to look in that direction but then the pinto stiffened and Joe instinctively pulled the horse to a stop there in the center of the road.’


Mid 19th century: from Spanish, literally ‘mottled’, based on Latin pictus, past participle of pingere ‘to paint’.