Definition of jockey in English:



  • 1A person who rides in horse races, especially as a profession.

    • ‘Steeplechase jockeys will be paid 3 % more, about $140 per horse.’
    • ‘After working as an assistant trainer and jockey agent, he returned ten months later.’
    • ‘The winning jockey has proved a controversial character, but is brilliant in the saddle.’
    • ‘He was famously handed a six-month ban in 1994 for pulling another jockey off a horse at Beverley.’
    • ‘Back in his day Boo was a well-known and respected jockey on the Speedway.’
    • ‘Camejo is currently the meet's leading apprentice jockey with 30 races won through Tuesday.’
    • ‘The puzzle was to rearrange the pieces so that the jockeys were riding the horses.’
    • ‘He was an up-and-coming jockey until his car crash in 1999.’
    • ‘Champion jockeys were soon riding on the Continent and in Ireland as well.’
    • ‘And in any case every other owner, trainer and jockey in the race is always trying to win.’
    • ‘Bobby has taken a winding road to his current position as a leading conditional jockey.’
    • ‘Irish flat racing jockeys are finding it increasingly tough to make the weight.’
    • ‘Cartwright was a top steeplechase jockey before he became an assistant trainer for Mike Freeman in the early 1960s.’
    • ‘Becoming a trainer or jockey agent is not as enticing, he said.’
    • ‘Do your figures show that there have been more jockeys injured in recent times?’
    • ‘At the time of the mishap, Krone was leading the Hollywood Park jockey standings.’
    • ‘Not only do I love this sport, I think the jockeys who participated in it are the world's greatest athletes.’
    • ‘Three of them became Irish champion jockey at various times between 1840 and 1882.’
    • ‘He should run a big race under his former regular jockey.’
    • ‘The entire jockey colony declined to ride Saturday's card by unanimous vote at 12: 15 p.m. EDT.’
    rider, horseman, horsewoman, equestrian
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    1. 1.1US An enthusiast or participant in a specified activity.
      ‘a car jockey’
      • ‘Jeff Markham is a simple gas jockey with a mysterious, violent past.’
      • ‘If I'm right, a fresh law jockey might be the ticket.’
      • ‘For many of our local motorcycle jockeys any indicator on at all means it was actually left on by the previous owner in another lifetime!’
      • ‘But the Scobleizer is no ordinary Windows-obsessed blog jockey.’
      • ‘Being a video jockey has its own problems when it comes to studies.’
      • ‘‘Song of Rufus’ is the story of schizophrenic boxcar jockey Rufus, a man who follows a trail of music only he can hear.’


  • 1 Struggle by every available means to gain or achieve something.

    ‘both men will be jockeying for the two top jobs’
    • ‘I passed several filling stations on my way home where the forecourts were jammed with vehicles jockeying for position at the pumps.’
    • ‘Mujahideen warlords fought each other, jockeying for power.’
    • ‘We hear endlessly this talk of a power struggle, different factions jockeying for position.’
    • ‘Good Earth is so successful it's bulging inside and out, with delivery trucks jockeying for space in the alley and customers from afar lined up to park.’
    • ‘They certainly seem focused on the needs and aspirations of a real customer, rather than jockeying for celebrity endorsements.’
    • ‘If there was a league table in his mind in which politics, the GAA and religion were jockeying for position, they might well land in that order.’
    • ‘Others who have been waiting in the wings will be licking their chops, jockeying for space, for acceptability among the masses.’
    • ‘Powerful members of the Executive Council were jockeying for position to succeed Tung as the next Chief Executive, Cheng claimed.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, Beazley is back and jockeying for position.’
    • ‘Over 170,000 have voted since the poll began on Sunday 20 October and competition is intense with the ten contenders jockeying for position.’
    • ‘Already, local warlords, sensing the Taliban's days are numbered, are jockeying for power.’
    • ‘As the trade market heats up, the National League East contenders - all five of 'em - are jockeying for position.’
    • ‘But for now, Sharpton and Moseley Braun are jockeying for position in preparation for the fight to come.’
    • ‘Dallas can't afford either to be coughing up points to their Western conference competitors while jockeying for playoff position.’
    • ‘Political, ethnic and religious groups are jockeying for position.’
    • ‘Many powers jockeying for advantage meant shifting alliances and almost constant war.’
    • ‘Matt pushed his way to the bar jockeying for position.’
    • ‘Hands in pockets, they stand around jostling, jockeying for place, small fights breaking out and calming.’
    • ‘I can see some editors already jockeying for position.’
    • ‘While there is jockeying for control among these clans, the overall effect is for them to sustain one another in power.’
    compete, contend, vie
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    1. 1.1[with object] Handle or manipulate (someone or something) in a skillful manner.
      ‘Jason jockeyed his machine into a dive’
      • ‘Our pilot, Lt. Glenn Jorgenson, restarted number two and attempted to gain power by jockeying the supercharger controls back and forth.’
      • ‘They live in Florida, while he jockeys his schedule to get home once a month.’
      • ‘It is a competition where the elite use personal connections to jockey their cronies into key positions and thus win power and influence.’
      • ‘So, are we being exploited twice over by parties who only want to jockey us into voting for them?’
      • ‘We intended to jockey our own luggage and weight was a serious consideration.’
      • ‘You may then be able to jockey your way to victory, or you may be willing or compelled to accept a draw.’
      • ‘Forget Tom Cruise jockeying his F - 14 Tomcat fighter like a cowboy on amphetamines.’
      • ‘He may know how many units he can offer in his effort to jockey someone else into centre position.’
      • ‘Throttling back I jockeyed my plane to the German's tail and blanketed his port side with fire.’
      • ‘It went down like this: In mid-January Darren was jockeying the phones at Atlantic Records on a weeklong temp assignment.’
      • ‘If jockeying a joystick isn't for you, we've included three of our favorite new books - one for the fan, one for the thinker and one for the kids.’
      • ‘He hummed to himself as he jockeyed the truck alongside the pumps.’
      • ‘He's diminutive enough to jockey a horse, but he's tough enough to wear down a defense.’
      • ‘There will always be oppression, people who jockey themselves into positions to control and exploit others.’
      • ‘You can't buy it in a bottle, hire a custom applicator to put it on or a molecular geneticist to jockey genes for it around in a lab.’
      manoeuvre, ease, edge, manipulate, work, steer
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Late 16th century: diminutive of Jock ordinary man; a rustic Scots form of the given name Jack. The word came to mean mounted courier hence the current sense (late 17th century). Another early use horse dealer (long a byword for dishonesty) probably gave rise to the verb sense manipulate whereas the main verb sense probably relates to the behavior of jockeys maneuvering for an advantageous position during a race.