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
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 The 8-ounce mug costs $12.99 and features a jockey riding on top of a horse. Ben Tobin, The Courier-Journal, "Shop local for sports fans: Louisville's 5 best gifts for the sports lover in your life," 18 Nov. 2019 Yang is casting himself as a proverbial spreadsheet jockey who is going off script and demanding to be put in charge immediately, because the alphas and apple-polishers who call the shots are failing. Wesley Yang, Twin Cities, "Wesley Yang: What Andrew Yang means with his ‘Asian who likes math’ line," 28 Oct. 2019 As that breakthrough approached, Baffert was often sentimental and philosophical about his own rise from a third-rate jockey on the bush tracks of Arizona to one of the world’s pre-eminent trainers. Joe Drape, New York Times, "In Defense of Justify, Bob Baffert Lets Others Do the Talking for a Change," 12 Sep. 2019 His mother, Kaymarie Kreidel, won 190 races as a jockey between 1992 and 2006 and now works full-time as an outrider for the Maryland Jockey Club at Laurel and Pimlico Race Course. Baltimore Sun Staff,, "Trainer Anthony Aguirre Jr. earns first win on opening day at Laurel Park," 6 Sep. 2019 Knightley’s Katharine Gun is a low-level cubicle jockey, liberal in politics, apolitical at her job. Ty Burr,, "In ‘Official Secrets,’ Keira Knightley speaks truth to power," 4 Sep. 2019 Elena Struthers-Gardner, 60, was a retired jockey and had mobility difficulties because of a horse-riding accident in her 20s. Samantha Lauriello,, "Metal Drinking Straw Impales Woman’s Brain and Kills Her in Freak Accident," 10 July 2019 Champion trainer Gosden was full of praise for a jockey who seems to only get better with age. Ben Church, CNN, "Frankie Dettori and Stradivarius win Gold Cup at Royal Ascot," 20 June 2019 The Belmont was a jockey's race and Rosario was the right rider on a horse full of run. Tom Canavan, Houston Chronicle, "Another Triple Crown surprise: Sir Winston takes Belmont Stakes," 8 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb For several years now, a handful of companies have been jockeying to be the first to deliver an on-demand air taxi service. Washington Post, "The newest hope to beat the traffic: a ‘flying’ water taxi that glides across town," 25 Sep. 2019 Since summer began, streaming services have been jockeying for the exclusive rights to legacy shows, particularly long-running network sitcoms—and the the TV turf wars are only just beginning. Wired, "Sorry, Streamers: The Race to Snag Old Shows Leads Nowhere," 19 Sep. 2019 Don’t allow any compromises to horse and jockey safety. Los Angeles Times, "Racing! Readers have advice for Craig Fravel," 19 Sep. 2019 The two rival Democrats have been jockeying to replace long-time Republican County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, who died Aug. 3 after battling pancreatic cancer. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, "Announcement of new Oakland County executive could come within days," 3 Aug. 2019 DJ Fuzzy Logic) will be jockeying discs from 4 to 8 p.m. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Here's where you can watch the U.S. team in the Women's World Cup finals in the Milwaukee area," 3 July 2019 Behind the scenes, Republicans have been jockeying for the chance to protect their president in the House’s most powerful oversight committees, Politico reported this week. Tara Golshan, Vox, "How a small, Trumpy group of House Republicans wants to keep a check on Democrats," 29 Nov. 2018 The other Power Five Conferences are focused on jockeying for a College Football Playoff berth. John Canzano | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Canzano: Pac-12 officiating blunder is a symptom -- conference needs a total reboot," 11 Nov. 2019 The two were jockeying for position on a rebound and got tangled up. Chris Hays,, "Heat knock off Magic in turnover-filled preseason finale," 16 Oct. 2019

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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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The first known use of jockey was in 1643

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10 Dec 2019

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“Jockey.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 16 December 2019.

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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

Kids Definition of jockey

1 : a professional rider in a horse race

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