horse around


horsed around; horsing around; horses around

intransitive verb

: to engage in horseplay
horse around together, joking and laughing and pushing each otherD. K. Shipler

Examples of horse around in a Sentence

the boys were horsing around on the boat when one of them fell overboard
Recent Examples on the Web The day before the show, horsing around in the basement, Miles climbed on top of the puppet theatre, fell off, and nearly broke his nose. Jill Lepore, The New Yorker, 26 Aug. 2023 Read full article For thirty minutes, Smith and her fellow pediatric cardiac patients rode horses around Windrush’s barn, releasing their anxieties and expressing their vulnerabilities to the intelligent animals. Maggie Scales,, 4 Aug. 2023 Bertuzzi accepted it, hugged his parents, and went back out to horse around. Matt Porter,, 10 May 2023 For months, people have scrolled through Twitter, Instagram and TikTok to watch Grody and Patinkin debate, declaim, snuggle, bicker, horse around, play with their dog, Becky, obsess about politics and display their (lack of) knowledge about such topics as text-speak and the New York pizza rat. Sarah Lyall, New York Times, 3 Feb. 2021 Once a pony time, there lived in Philly-delphia a coltish, stag-geringly beautiful lass named Whinny, who wore a ponytail and horsed around with her family and friends. Richard Lederer, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Apr. 2023 The pages featured the upper crust at play, horsing around and lounging about, untroubled yet serious. Hua Hsu, The New Yorker, 20 Mar. 2023 The Salvation Army was among the recipients of his rocking chairs and horses around Christmas time, and his wooden furniture found homes via Habitat for Humanity. The Indianapolis Star, 7 Mar. 2023 Ajiah Arceneaux, 16, races her horse around a barrel at a rodeo in Liberty, Texas. Rose Minutaglio, ELLE, 12 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1919, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of horse around was in 1919

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Cite this Entry

“Horse around.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition

horse around

: to engage in horseplay : fool
was horsing around instead of studying
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