jock·​ey | \ ˈjä-kē How to pronounce jockey (audio) \
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

Verb 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 Venetian Harbor is the 9-5 favorite for trainer Richard Baltas and jockey Mario Gutierrez. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, 5 June 2021 Leading jockey Jose Ortiz rides Risk Taking for top trainer Chad Brown in the Preakness Stakes, and is preferred over Brown’s other runner, Crowded Trade. Jay Ginsbach, Forbes, 13 May 2021 This photograph features legendary jockey Isaac Burns Murphy (third from the right), with several other guests at a clambake hosted by trainer Matt Byrnes following Murphy’s victory aboard Salvator in the 1890 Champion Stakes at Monmouth Park. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, 29 Apr. 2021 No one else in the New York Racing Association jockey colony looks like him. New York Times, 28 Apr. 2021 When Hall of Fame jockey Pat Day wandered by Baffert’s barn this week, the trainer reminded him of his efforts to put him on his horse for the 2002 Derby. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, 28 Apr. 2021 Victor Espinoza is the oldest, and first Latino jockey, to win the most prestigious accomplishment in horse racing. Cnn Editorial Research, CNN, 22 Apr. 2021 Trevor McCarthy has claimed the past two Pimlico jockey titles, but is currently riding in New York. Baltimore Sun Staff,, 21 Apr. 2021 As Time Goes By is the 2-5 favorite for trainer Bob Baffert and jockey Mike Smith. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, 21 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The favorite, at 5-2, is Found My Ball for trainer Doug O’Neill and jockey Mario Gutierrez. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, 14 May 2021 Medina Spirit led the Kentucky Derby from wire to wire Saturday, giving trainer Bob Baffert his seventh Derby win and jockey John Velazquez his fourth. Childs Walker,, 1 May 2021 The big race, the Grade 3 San Francisco Mile, was won by Whisper Not and jockey Geovanni Franco. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, 1 May 2021 To put it bluntly, no owner, trainer, or jockey in this field would want Rock Your World anywhere to the right of them in that gate, but that's exactly the sort of happenstance that makes the Derby such a fine race. Guy Martin, Forbes, 28 Apr. 2021 The team did not say when Ball might be able to play again, but his return would be a big boost as the Hornets jockey for playoff position. Matt Eppers, USA TODAY, 20 Apr. 2021 To that end, Holmes said he was not caught off guard by last week’s maneuvering, two trades of high first-round picks — rare for their timing in March — as teams jockey for position to land one of the draft’s handful of elite talents. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, 30 Mar. 2021 The acquisition space is growing increasingly competitive as companies jockey for music’s most prolific catalogs. Ethan Millman, Rolling Stone, 31 Mar. 2021 Even as the two countries jockey for position on issues ranging from Hong Kong to 5G, the development and manufacturing of batteries is likely to emerge as a modern-day arms race. Nadia Schadlow, WSJ, 30 Mar. 2021

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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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“Jockey.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of jockey

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: someone who rides horses in races
informal : 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
chiefly US : to change the position of (something) by slow and careful movements


jock·​ey | \ ˈjä-kē How to pronounce jockey (audio) \
plural jockeys

Kids Definition of jockey

1 : a professional rider in a horse race


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