A spirited horse that can be ridden is an example of a steed.
Origin of steedMiddle English stede ; from Old English steda, stud horse, stallion ; from base of stod, stud
Origin of steedMiddle English stede, from Old English st&emacron;da, stallion; see sta- in Indo-European roots.
- (archaic, poetic) A stallion, especially in the sense of mount.
- The studded bridle on a ragged bough
- Nimbly she fastens: -- O, how quick is love! --
- The steed is stalled up, and even now
- To tie the rider she begins to prove:
- Backward she push'd him, as she would be thrust,
- And govern'd him in strength, though not in lust. "” Shakespeare, "Venus and Adonis".
From Old English steda (“stallion, stud") (compare Old High German stuot (“herd of horses")).