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


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

After a protest, which wasn't filed by Casse or his jockey, Churchill Downs race stewards stripped Maximum Security of the victory, the first time a Kentucky Derby winner had been disqualified for an on-the-track infraction. Mark Inabinett |,, "Belmont Stakes 2019: No Triple Crown at stake, but Kentucky Derby still looms large," 7 June 2019 The spirited steed’s escape must have disappointed the jockey and the owners, and disconcerted the other competitors and serious bettors. Vanessa Hua,, "The curious power of a day at the races," 7 June 2019 New medical procedures This year’s My Lady’s Manor races were also a testing ground for new medical protocols centered around the safety of the jockeys. Maryanna Skowronski, The Aegis, "Zanclus takes My Lady's Manor Steeplechase on a beautiful day for racing," 15 Apr. 2018 Ferguson shared a photo from the event on Instagram, featuring Princess Beatrice and jockey Frankie Dettori. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "People Think Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew Are Back Together After She Joined Him on an Official Royal Trip," 1 Apr. 2019 Abel Tasman won the $750,000 Ogden Phipps — with jockey Mike Smith, who also rode Justify to the big win — and then Hopportunity took the $400,000 Brooklyn Invitational. Vin A. Cherwoo, The Seattle Times, "Baffert has winning day, 3 times over, at Belmont Stakes," 9 June 2018 By comparison, last year's race was won by Always Dreaming, ridden by jockey John Velazquez, in a time of two minutes 3.59 seconds. Danielle Rossingh, CNN, "The Kentucky Derby: five reasons why you shouldn't miss it," 2 May 2018 And the heart of this one belonged to the winning jockey Florent Geroux. Greg Cote, miamiherald, "Gun Runner rides to victory in Pegasus World Cup | Miami Herald," 27 Jan. 2018 New silks for Justify Fans who got used to seeing Justify jockey Mike Smith win the Kentucky Derby and Preakness in the predominantly white WinStar Farm silks will have to look for new colors in the Belmont. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Four things to know about the Belmont as Justify tries for Triple Crown," 7 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Their 4-3 victory over Colorado on Sunday at Honda Center was pivotal because the Avalanche are one of the teams jockeying with the Ducks for precious few playoff spots. Mike Coppinger,, "What we learned from the Ducks' 4-3 win over Colorado," 2 Apr. 2018 During the appointment process, movement activists on both sides would still jockey to make sure only the purest ideologues would be appointed. Daniel Epps, Vox, "A simple plan for saving the Supreme Court," 6 Sep. 2018 On cue, Logan is felled by a strokelike event that puts him the hospital and sends the company stock into a tailspin, leaving the siblings jockeying for position. Hank Stuever,, "In HBO's 'Succession,' a family so cruel you'll be sorry you ever met them," 1 June 2018 Stassi's emergence, along with Brian McCann's offensive onslaught, leaves Hinch jockeying some lineup decisions. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Max Stassi is establishing himself in Astros' lineup," 26 Apr. 2018 The Grizzlies continued to play spoiler for those jockeying for postseason position, this time beating the Oklahoma City Thunder 115-103 on Monday night. Clay Bailey, The Seattle Times, "Caboclo’s career-high 24 points lead Grizzlies past Thunder," 25 Mar. 2019 That means more small sats launched more cheaply at time when many emerging companies are jockeying for customers. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Can the U.S. Save Alcantara, Brazil’s Cursed Spaceport?," 20 Mar. 2019 Further Reading Game of Thrones has become a CW show Of course, all that jockeying for power distracted the leaders of Westeros from the one, true threat: an impending invasion from the north, beyond a great wall of ice. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Here’s the first teaser for the final season of Game of Thrones," 13 Nov. 2018 Bowing in part to Ryan's wishes to keep the jockeying under wraps, McCarthy has yet to declare his candidacy for the speakership and to openly solicit support for any move up the ladder. The Washington Post,, "Rep. Jim Jordan, Freedom Caucus co-founder, is exploring run for House speaker," 13 Apr. 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
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

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1 : a professional rider in a horse race

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