workhorse

noun work·horse \ ˈwərk-ˌhȯrs \
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

Definition of workhorse

1 : a horse used chiefly for labor as distinguished from driving, riding, or racing
2 a (1) : a person who performs most of the work of a group task
(2) : a hardworking person
b : something that is markedly useful, durable, or dependable
c : horse 7

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First Known Use of workhorse

15th century


WORKHORSE Defined for English Language Learners

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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