charley horse


char·ley horse

noun \ˈchär-lē-ˌhrs\

: a painful cramp in the front of the thigh

Full Definition of CHARLEY HORSE

:  a muscular pain, cramping, or stiffness especially of the quadriceps that results from a strain or bruise

Examples of CHARLEY HORSE

  1. <had to stop and rest because of a charley horse in his leg>

Origin of CHARLEY HORSE

from Charley, nickname for Charles
First Known Use: 1888

Related to CHARLEY HORSE

char·ley horse

noun \ˈchär-lē-ˌhrs\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of CHARLEY HORSE

: a muscular pain, cramping, or stiffness especially of the quadriceps that results from a strain or bruise

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