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

Hall of Fame jockey Kent Desormeaux was fined $100 by the stewards for violating a CHRB rule that prohibits use of a crop more than three times in succession without giving the horse a chance to respond. Washington Post, "Santa Anita season ends after 30 horse deaths, trainer ban," 24 June 2019 Cassidy says officials met with a group of jockeys last week. Nick Watt, CNN, "Santa Anita track owners and trainers under investigation after 29 horse deaths," 21 June 2019 All the while, Bodexpress — after ejecting Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez — kept running around the Pimlico track and did an extra lap. Stephen Whyno, The Seattle Times, "War of Will wins Preakness featuring riderless running horse," 19 May 2019 And his Hall of Fame jockey, Victor Espinoza, who has won the Kentucky Derby three times, certainly is a plus. John Cherwa,, "Racing! Welcome to one of the longest newsletters ever written," 4 May 2018 Rosario's replacement is Luis Saez, who of course was the Kentucky Derby jockey for Maximum Security. Gentry Estes, The Courier-Journal, "Handicapping the Belmont Stakes 2019: Tacitus is a worthy favorite," 5 June 2019 But Eric The Trojan, for trainer John Sadler and jockey Flavien Prat, is the 3-1 favorite in the fifth race for horses 3 and up going five furlongs on the turf. John Cherwa,, "Racing! A visit with the backstretch workers," 21 June 2019 Despite its popularity, horse racing is a dangerous sport for both horse and jockey. Rachel Fobar, National Geographic, "Why horse racing is so dangerous," 17 May 2019 Former jockey Richard Migliore, who retired in 2010 at age 45 and is now a racing analyst, is awed by the level at which Lukas still competes. Don Markus,, "Ageless wonder Lukas knows that getting record-tying 7th Preakness win this year is long shot," 15 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

For weeks now, each nation has sought to jockey their favorite into the best position to exert the most clout for the next five to eight years. Washington Post, "EU leaders set for major battle over bloc’s top jobs," 20 June 2019 The promise of the season is everlasting: There's always the surprise of what is to come, the unexpected luster and allure of a new track waiting to jockey radio play, streams, conversation. Jason Parham, WIRED, "2019's Top Contenders for the Song of Summer," 4 June 2019 Casse had plenty of words after the contentious situation at the Kentucky Derby that spurred a lawsuit from Maximum Security owners Gary West and a 15-day suspension handed down to jockey Luis Saez. Stephen Whyno, The Seattle Times, "War of Will wins Preakness featuring riderless running horse," 19 May 2019 These factions will continue to jockey for influence within the Republican Party on specific legislative issues. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Nathan Glazer and Conservatism," 22 Jan. 2019 Emanuel’s decision comes after several aldermen spent months jockeying for the post behind the scenes. John Byrne,, "Emanuel names Ald. O'Shea to lead Aviation Committee, which will oversee massive O'Hare renovation," 26 June 2018 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

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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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