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dark horse

noun

Simple Definition of dark horse

  • : a person (such as a politician), animal, or thing that competes in a race or other contest and is not expected to win

  • : a person who has interesting qualities or abilities that most people do not know about

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of dark horse

  1. 1 a :  a usually little known contender (as a racehorse) that makes an unexpectedly good showing b :  an entrant in a contest that is judged unlikely to succeed

  2. 2 :  a political candidate unexpectedly nominated usually as a compromise between factions

Examples of dark horse in a sentence

  1. The Democrat from Utah has gone from being a dark horse to the front-runner in the campaign for President.

  2. The movie is a dark horse for the award.

  3. He is a dark horse, but I did find out that he once played football professionally.



1831

First Known Use of dark horse

1831


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