jock·​ey | \ ˈjä-kē \
plural jockeys

Definition of jockey

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a person who rides or drives a horse especially as a professional in a race
2 : a person who operates or works with a specified vehicle, device, object, or material a bus jockey pencil jockeys


jockeyed; jockeying

Definition of jockey (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to maneuver or manipulate by adroit or devious means was jockeyed out of the job
b : to change the position of by a series of movements jockey a truck into position
2a : to ride or drive (a horse) as a jockey
b : drive, operate
3 : to deal shrewdly or fraudulently with

intransitive verb

1 : to maneuver for advantage often used in the phrase jockey for position
2 : to act as a jockey

Examples of jockey in a Sentence


There was a lot of political jockeying at the fund-raiser. The driver carefully jockeyed the truck into a narrow space in the crowded parking lot.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The two also jockey over who should get credit for the more general robust growth in jobs. Peter Nicholas, WSJ, "Obama and Trump Jockey Over Legacy at Campaign Rallies," 2 Nov. 2018 With a cleaner voyage on Closing Day under jockey Julien Leparoux, the son of Midnight Lute should be able to get to the wire first and earn his third lifetime win. Scott Shapiro, The Courier-Journal, "'s free expert pick for Saturday at Churchill Downs," 29 June 2018 The trainer, jockey and horse all live in the San Gabriel Valley and use Santa Anita as their home base. John Cherwa,, "Justify becomes only 13th horse to capture the Triple Crown with wire-to-wire win in the Belmont," 10 June 2018 These 5 horses have the best chances Two things can help overcome starting on the rail: A strong, powerful horse and an experienced jockey. Fletcher Page, The Courier-Journal, "Bob Baffert knows it's all about the break for Justify in the Belmont," 6 June 2018 Somehow, horse and jockey Jeremy Rose, recovered their balance and blasted home, winning by 4 3/4 lengths. Dick Jerardi,, "John Servis will be rooting for Diamond King at Saturday's Preakness," 16 May 2018 Often, the horse, the jockey and the trainer are merely front-facing talent representing a larger corporation with a chief executive, stakeholders and an array of side interests. Childs Walker,, "Partnership behind Preakness favorite Justify reveals state of racing in 2018," 16 May 2018 Horses and jockeys learned their respective post position draws for the 2018 Preakness Stakes. Scooby Axson,, "Preakness Stakes 2018 Post Positions: Justify Draws No. 7 post," 14 May 2018 On Thursday, the track hosted the annual Eclipse Awards ceremony honoring the best horses, jockeys and trainers in the country. Clark Spencer, miamiherald, "In the ‘Sport of Kings,’ $1.8B in wagers helps this track earn reputation as crown jewel," 25 Jan. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Concerns over the tax credits come as New Mexico and other states and countries jockey for a position as alternatives to filming in California, which is an entertainment-industry hub but doesn’t offer such generous rebates. Erich Schwartzel, WSJ, "New Mexico’s Filmmaking-Incentive Program May Be Too Attractive," 30 Dec. 2018 As this jockeying unfolds behind the scenes, the Freedom Caucus is using its clout to outline key demands. Eliza Collins, USA TODAY, "Freedom Caucus pushing for leadership post in exchange for speaker votes," 18 Apr. 2018 Trade scenarios, which are not typically considered with mock drafts, during the NFL's annual three-day selection process will also dramatically alter the landscape as teams jockey for position by moving up or down the draft. Herbie Teope,, "New Orleans Saints mock draft 4.0: Going back to Ohio State with Sam Hubbard," 16 Apr. 2018 But most of our smarts are going be dedicated to jockeying and manipulating our position among others. Sean Illing, Vox, "Why humans evolved into such good bullshitters," 6 Dec. 2018 Japan’s challenge to China in the South China Sea is part of the two nations’ jockeying for advantage in the Pacific. Chieko Tsuneoka And Peter Landers, WSJ, "Japan Challenges China With Submarine Exercise," 17 Sep. 2018 Qualcomm announces the Snapdragon 855 Now that the specification has been written, chipmakers are jockeying for position in the 5G space. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 855 mobile chip as it readies for 5G," 4 Dec. 2018 Both companies are jockeying to become one-stop shops for all types of available urban transportation, including cars, bikes, scooters, and more. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Citi Bike to triple in size, thanks to $100 million from new owner Lyft," 29 Nov. 2018 This is yet another race in which the candidates are jockeying for the Trump vote and Trump weighed in late last month, endorsing John James over Sandy Pensler. Maggie Astor, The Seattle Times, "5 states are voting today. Here’s what to watch.," 7 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of jockey


1643, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1708, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 3

History and Etymology for jockey


Jockey, Scots nickname for John

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English Language Learners Definition of jockey

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: someone who rides horses in races

: someone who operates or works with a specified vehicle, device, object, or material



English Language Learners Definition of jockey (Entry 2 of 2)

: to do something in an effort to get an advantage

: to change the position of (something) by slow and careful movements


jock·​ey | \ ˈjä-kē \
plural jockeys

Kids Definition of jockey

1 : a professional rider in a horse race

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