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
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

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 Trainer Chad Brown and jockey Jose Ortiz won Eclipse Awards as the best in the business last year. courant.com, "Clancy's Call: 144th Kentucky Derby," 4 May 2018 And underneath floating leather jockey hats at JW Anderson, there were glassy coifs plastered deep to one side, while at Richard Quinn, shiny strands were parted right down the middle then split at the crown for some serious part play. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "5 Beauty Trends That Swept the London Runways This Week," 20 Feb. 2019 Odds are, this one won’t work, though who knows, maybe that horse will have a very good day; odds are, this one will — unless the horse gets sick or the jockey has to be replaced. Elizabeth Lopatto, The Verge, "Elon Musk is the first influencer CEO," 21 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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, NOLA.com, "Rep. Jim Jordan, Freedom Caucus co-founder, is exploring run for House speaker," 13 Apr. 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. Mike Debonis, chicagotribune.com, "Rep. Jim Jordan, Freedom Caucus co-founder, is exploring run for House speaker," 13 Apr. 2018 All of this jockeying for the seat comes as the city council mulls getting rid of the seat altogether. Katie Honan, WSJ, "Running for New York City Public Advocate? Create Your Party Name," 2 Jan. 2019 As soon as word spread Monday afternoon, Republicans who hope to replace Garrett as the GOP candidate began jockeying for position, trying to win the support of the 36-member party committee that will pick the nominee. Jenna Portnoy, Washington Post, "Rep. Garrett’s departure scrambles Virginia congressional race," 29 May 2018 The ban, set to take effect on July 1, has moved Iowa to the front of a push among conservative statehouses jockeying to enact new restrictions on the medical procedure. Barbara Rodriguez, BostonGlobe.com, "Iowa governor signs nation’s strictest abortion regulation," 5 May 2018 The legislation has propelled the state to the front of a push among conservative statehouses jockeying to enact the nation's most restrictive regulations on the procedure. CBS News, "Iowa abortion bill to be signed into law, Gov. Kim Reynolds says," 4 May 2018

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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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jockey

noun

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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