jockey

noun
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

jockey

verb
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
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 Manny Franco, a 25-year-old jockey from Puerto Rico, entered the winner’s circle in his first career Belmont Stakes. Jake Seiner, SFChronicle.com, "New York-bred Tiz the Law wins barren Belmont Stakes," 20 June 2020 Manny Franco, a 25-year-old jockey from Puerto Rico, entered the winner's circle in his first career Belmont Stakes. Jake Einer, The Courier-Journal, "New York-bred Tiz the Law wins barren Belmont Stakes," 20 June 2020 Now, the hunt is on for a new jockey to steer this peculiar beast. The Economist, "Charlemagne How a dining club briefly took over the EU," 20 June 2020 Hernandez, Wong dominate: Hernandez and Jonathan Wong dominated the winter-spring jockey and trainer standings, respectively. Larry Stumes, SFChronicle.com, "Neptune’s Storm wins San Francisco Mile at Golden Gate Fields," 14 June 2020 On June 5, 1993, Krone and her horse, Colonial Affair, rode to victory in the Belmont Stakes, making Krone the first female jockey to win a Triple Crown race. Aria Gerson, USA TODAY, "27 years ago, Julie Krone made history when she became first female jockey to win Triple Crown race," 6 June 2020 My mother, who still only half-jokingly called herself Monir Farahani Ed Dowleh—this last obsolete suffix a reference to her supposed aristocratic heritage—endured his mania with the pragmatism of a jockey putting up with her thoroughbred’s quirks. New York Times, "‘Man of My Time,’ by Dalia Sofer: An Excerpt," 17 Apr. 2020 Hall of Fame jockey Javier Castellano has not ridden since March 15, having tested positive for the coronavirus. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "'We've got to get horse racing going': Kentucky Senate leader lobbies for racing to resume," 14 Apr. 2020 Whitaker's colleague Patrick McCann also won Picture of the Year at the Horserace Writers' & Photographers' Association Derby Awards, for his photograph of a jockey being dismounted by his horse. Ben Church, CNN, "Stunning images from horse racing's photographer of the year," 5 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Unlike many of the other games this week, these small-school matchups have no district implications because there are no districts in Classes 4A-1A. But both of these teams are jockeying for playoff spots. Adam Lichtenstein, sun-sentinel.com, "Week 10 high school football predictions in Broward and Palm Beach counties," 23 Oct. 2019 Election Day 2020 is more than a year away—all twelve Democratic candidates must jockey for the top spots now. Philip Elliott / Columbus, Time, "Younger Candidates Hope to Edge out Front-Runners at the Democratic Debate," 16 Oct. 2019 As the campaign adjusts to the new reality, several pro-Democratic outside groups have been jockeying to serve as leading anti-Trump and pro-Biden entities in the coming months. Shane Goldmacher, New York Times, "Biden Faces a Cash Gap With Trump. He Has to Close It Virtually.," 31 Mar. 2020 As the campaign adjusts to the new reality, several pro-Democratic outside groups have been jockeying to serve as leading anti-Trump and pro-Biden entities in the coming months. Shane Goldmacher, BostonGlobe.com, "Biden faces a cash gap with Trump. He has to close it virtually.," 31 Mar. 2020 Many different companies and investors have been jockeying to take control of the nascent industry, or at least to grab a significant portion of the billions that could be at stake if and when cannabis is legalized nationally. Alicia Wallace, CNN, "One of the biggest names in cannabis is falling behind in paying vendors," 28 Jan. 2020 Woodward had been jockeying this week with his slim 11-10 majority of Democrats, evidently hoping to gain the appointment to the county’s top job, which by law could happen anytime within 30 days of the office becoming vacant. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "Oakland Democrats stumble at appointing successor to L. Brooks Patterson's job," 7 Aug. 2019 The pilots, all of whom had complete or severe loss of motor function from the neck down, jockeyed devices that enabled them to guide an avatar using specific patterns of brain activation. John Brant, Popular Mechanics, "At the Bionic Olympics, Engineers and Athletes Make Miracles," 27 Apr. 2020 Thaddeus Moss, the son of Hall-of-Fame receiver Randy Moss, could slide to Day 3 because of injury concerns, and Okwuegbunam, Washington Hunter’s Bryant and Florida Atlantic’s Harrison Bryant are jockeying to be the third tight end off the board. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Why Detroit Lions must indulge in historically deep WR class in 2020 NFL draft," 19 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of jockey

Noun

1643, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1708, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 3

History and Etymology for jockey

Noun

Jockey, Scots nickname for John

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The first known use of jockey was in 1643

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2 Jul 2020

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“Jockey.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jockey. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for jockey

jockey

noun
How to pronounce jockey (audio)

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

jockey

verb

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

jockey

noun
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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