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 For many, the shift to at-home workouts has been a welcome change: no need to travel to a gym or jockey for a place in a crowded class. Kate Willsky, SELF, 14 May 2022 The whole world knows the news about Northeast Ohio jockey who overcame 80-to-one odds to win the Kentucky Derby last week. Laura Johnston, cleveland, 13 May 2022 Rich Strike and jockey Sonny Leon covered the 1¼ miles on a fast track in 2:02.61 and finished three-quarters of a length in front of 4-1 favorite Epicenter. Jason Frakes, USA TODAY, 7 May 2022 Here is the post position draw with trainer, jockey and morning-line odds: 1. Louisville Courier Journal, The Courier-Journal, 6 May 2022 An experienced jockey and one who has been in the Derby with a huge field of horses helps. Jay Ginsbach, Forbes, 5 May 2022 In a statement, Churchill Downs did not address the commission's decision, but congratulated Mandaloun's trainer, Brad Cox, and jockey, Florent Geroux. NBC News, 21 Feb. 2022 The Hall of Fame jockey has been riding horses for more than 40 years and in that time has earned 5,649 first-place finishes in 34,051 starts. Jonathan Saxon, The Courier-Journal, 26 Apr. 2022 When Penny Ann Early attempted to become the first female jockey to race at Churchill Downs in November 1968, many of the male jockeys at the meet made no effort to hide their displeasure. Jon Hale, USA TODAY, 22 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But this season, LaVine and DeRozan were long considered shoo-ins for the honor as the Bulls jockey for dominance in the East. Julia Poe,, 4 Feb. 2022 But any successful organization of Amazon would also empower labor groups across industries as all kinds of employers jockey with the corporate giant for low-cost staff, a prospect that’s galvanized national unions to donate resources. Washington Post, 25 Apr. 2022 As these ambitious fintech startups jockey for position, a few critical factors could help separate winners from losers. Parijat Banerjee, Forbes, 12 Apr. 2022 But Tuesday night won’t be only about what the Cavs do on the court as Cleveland continues to jockey for positioning in the tight Eastern Conference race. Ashley Bastock, cleveland, 5 Apr. 2022 The final two weeks of the regular season should provide entertaining theater as teams jockey for playoff position. oregonlive, 29 Mar. 2022 May primaries in Ohio and Pennsylvania are heating up as GOP candidates jockey for former President Donald Trump's blessing. Simone Pathe, CNN, 27 Mar. 2022 The greater challenge — and why the Super Bowl slot is so alluring — is gaining separation within industries that resemble the Oklahoma land rush as corporations jockey for relevance and sustainability. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 11 Feb. 2022 Ce Ce and jockey Victor Espinoza made a four-wide move off the turn and rolled down the stretch to win the $1 million, Grade 1 event. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, 6 Nov. 2021 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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16 May 2022

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“Jockey.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 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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