noun, plural jock·eys.
- a person who rides horses professionally in races.
- Informal. a person who pilots, operates, or guides the movement of something, as an airplane or automobile.
verb (used with object), jock·eyed, jock·ey·ing.
- to ride (a horse) as a jockey.
- Informal. to operate or guide the movement of; pilot; drive.
- to move, bring, put, etc., by skillful maneuvering: The movers jockeyed the sofa through the door.
- to trick or cheat: The salesman jockeyed them into buying an expensive car.
- to manipulate cleverly or trickily: He jockeyed himself into office.
verb (used without object), jock·eyed, jock·ey·ing.
- to aim at an advantage by skillful maneuvering.
- to act trickily; seek an advantage by trickery.
- a person who rides horses in races, esp as a profession or for hire
- (tr)to ride (a horse) in a race
- (intr)to ride as a jockey
- (intr often foll by for) to try to obtain an advantage by manoeuvring, esp literally in a race or metaphorically, as in a struggle for power (esp in the phrase jockey for position)
- to trick or cheat (a person)
1520s, “boy, fellow,” originally a Scottish proper name, variant of Jack. The meaning “person who rides horses in races” first attested 1660s.
1708, “trick, outwit, gain advantage,” from jockey (n.) perhaps from its former additional sense of “horse trader” (1680s). Meaning “to ride a horse in a race” is from 1767. Related: Jockeyed; jockeying.