Definition of workhorse
1 : a horse used chiefly for labor as distinguished from driving, riding, or racing
2a (1) : a person who performs most of the work of a group task (2) : a hardworking personb : something that is markedly useful, durable, or dependablec : horse 7
Recent Examples of workhorse from the Web
Seeking to boost production, companies send their workhorse strains to Zymergen.
Boeing won orders and expressions of interest for about 420 planes worth as much as $58 billion based on a Bloomberg count through midday Wednesday, getting a boost from demand for the Max 10, the biggest version of its 737 workhorse.
Davidson pitcher Durin O'Linger is a 5-foot-10 workhorse with a below-90s fastball and a reconstructed right arm.
The Dolphins don't expect Drake to turn into their workhorse running back as Ajayi did.
This walnut model is both a workhorse and a gorgeous addition to your kitchen.
Jackson is an old-school, four-year workhorse in an era of tailback-by-committee offenses and early NFL draft entrants.
The avocado trees are the workhorses, acting as trellises for passion fruit vines and providing shade for the coffee bushes.
No, Blount's bargain price does not prove that Blount cannot be a red-zone battering ram or a 300-carry workhorse.
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First Known Use of workhorse
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Definition of workhorse for English Language Learners
: a dependable person who does a lot of work
: a dependable machine or vehicle that is used to do a lot of work
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