workhorse


Also found in: Thesaurus, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

work·horse

 (wûrk′hôrs′)
n.
1. Something, such as a machine, that performs dependably under heavy or prolonged use: "the 50-year-old DC-3 ... one of aviation's most effective workhorses" (Christian Science Monitor).
2. A horse that is used for labor rather than for racing or riding.
3. Informal A person who works tirelessly, especially at difficult or time-consuming tasks.

workhorse

(ˈwɜːkˌhɔːs)
n
1. (Zoology) a horse used for nonrecreational activities
2. (Industrial Relations & HR Terms) informal a person who takes on the greatest amount of work in a project or job

work•horse

(ˈwɜrkˌhɔrs)

n.
1. a horse used for plowing, hauling, and other heavy labor, as distinguished from a riding horse, racehorse, etc.
2. a person who works tirelessly at a task, assumes extra duties, etc.
[1535–45]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.workhorse - machine that performs dependably under heavy use; "the IBM main frame computers have been the workhorse of the business world"
machine - any mechanical or electrical device that transmits or modifies energy to perform or assist in the performance of human tasks
2.workhorse - a horse used for plowing and hauling and other heavy labor
Equus caballus, horse - solid-hoofed herbivorous quadruped domesticated since prehistoric times
plough horse, plow horse - a horse used to pull a plow
draft horse, draught horse, dray horse - horse adapted for drawing heavy loads
packhorse - a workhorse used as a pack animal
dobbin, farm horse - a quiet plodding workhorse

workhorse

noun
Informal. One who works or toils tirelessly:
Informal: grind.
Translations

workhorse

[ˈwɜːkˌhɔːs] Ncaballo m de tiro (fig) → persona f muy trabajadora

workhorse

[ˈwɜːkˌhɔːs] ncavallo da lavoro (fig) (person) → lavoratore/trice indefesso/a
References in classic literature ?
You know, there's money in raisin' horses--especially the big workhorses that run to eighteen hundred an' two thousand pounds.
What is dubbed a next-generation nylon 66 compound reportedly overcomes cycle-time limitations of earlier workhorse grades, allowing injection molders of fasteners and similar parts to meet product performance requirements while increasing productivity.
The company is collaborating with Workhorse Group (WKHS) to design the vehicles from the ground up, with zero tailpipe emissions.
Airbus has so far supplied 56 A400M multi-role military transporter to the German Air Force, including the recent delivery of its 15th military workhorse aircraft as against the order of 53.
Powertrain systems company TM4 Inc revealed on Tuesday the receipt of a new purchase order for the supply of SUMOTM MD powertrain systems for the E-GEN battery-electric extended range and E-100 all-electric delivery truck platforms from Workhorse Group Inc (NASDAQ:WKHS).
After 78 years, the helicopter has been reinvented by Workhorse Group, Inc.
com)-- Workhorse Fitness is opening its doors to offer a free class to the public.
Just as you'd rarely see an anorexic lion chasing down a wildebeest, a super strong working knife requires a certain amount of meat on its bones, yet Dozier's new 8-inch (overall) Little Workhorse weighs only 3.
14 August 2014 - US media cost forecasting company SQAD has completed its acquisition of domestic advertising planning software firm Workhorse Software for an undisclosed sum.
The new GWM Steed 5 Workhorse is already sold out barely a week after entering the Namibian market.
The Coventry Transport Museum's Land Rover Discovery tows classic cars from the attraction's vast collection up and down the country to various events and is known as The Workhorse.
These are crossovers between a four-wheel drive workhorse, capable of carrying heavy loads and a comfortable 4x4 SUV, capable of carrying a family of five around.