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 Goliad, Texas, Von Dohlen grew too tall to realize a childhood dream of becoming a jockey. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 July 2022 Some rules, such as use of the whip by a jockey will be more lax than currently in California but most will be tougher in most national jurisdictions. John Cherwaspecial Contributor, Los Angeles Times, 30 May 2022 For the Preakness, trainer Doug O’Neill is putting blinkers and a new jockey on Happy Jack, with Tyler Gaffalione replacing Rafael Bejarano. Mark Inabinett |, al, 16 May 2022 Cummings envisions a world where bettors could bet an over-under on total Derby Day wins for a jockey. Brett Dawson, The Courier-Journal, 3 May 2022 Fifty years ago, the designer—who, despite having never stomped a divot in his life, had named his brand Polo—emblazoned a two-button cotton-interlock shirt with a galloping jockey, transforming an athletic anachronism into a sartorial touchstone. Kareem Rashed, Robb Report, 26 Apr. 2022 The Assembly floor jockey was Republican Craig Biddle of Riverside. George Skelton, Los Angeles Times, 23 June 2022 The jockey who steered him to victory, Sonny Leon, may be a familiar name to northern Ohio horse racing fans. Jane Morice |, cleveland, 8 May 2022 In that sense, the jockey is more like a portfolio manager, navigating a moving market. Rob Isbitts, Forbes, 7 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb This change was implemented to prevent the killing of the drama that exists in real life when a shot is released and players jockey for rebound position. Brian Mazique, Forbes, 3 Aug. 2022 Fans in a lot of other NBA cities will spin out of the upcoming All-Star break and watch their teams jockey for playoff position in the Western and Eastern Conferences. John Canzano, oregonlive, 17 Feb. 2022 After a lengthy break, NBA action resumes this weekend, and teams will have roughly 20 games to jockey for postseason position. Xl Media, cleveland, 25 Feb. 2022 Automakers also fear a situation similar to the current microchip supply crisis, which is forcing them to desperately jockey to be at the front of the queue as fresh chips come off the line. Gregory Barber, Wired, 18 Jan. 2022 Now jockey Sonny Leon and trainer Eric Reed have found the winner's circle again, this time in Elmont, New York, just outside of Queens. Dennis Romero, NBC News, 11 June 2022 Chief executives jockey for time on analysts’ calendars. Angel Au-yeung, WSJ, 18 June 2022 In the dogfights the planes jockey for position like matchbox cars and flip and bank and invert in ways that take your breath away. Taylor Antrim, Vogue, 27 May 2022 Just two days after their matchup against North Andover, Billerica travels to Duxbury as the No. 15 Dragons jockey for the lead position in the Patriot League. Ethan Mcdowell,, 19 May 2022 See More

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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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8 Aug 2022

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“Jockey.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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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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