- The definition of a steed is a high-spirited horse.
A spirited horse that can be ridden is an example of a steed.
a horse, esp. a high-spirited riding horse: literary term
Origin of steedMiddle English stede ; from Old English steda, stud horse, stallion ; from base of stod, stud
A horse, especially a spirited one.
Origin of steedMiddle English stede, from Old English stēda, stallion; see stā- 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. â€” Shakespeare, "Venus and Adonis".
From Old English steda (â€œstallion, studâ€) (compare Old High German stuot (â€œherd of horsesâ€)).