1. a horse, especially a quiet, plodding horse for farm work or family use.
  2. a drinking vessel of the 18th century holding a gill.


  1. a name for a horse, esp a workhorse, often used in children’s tales, etc
  2. NZ a trolley for moving loose wool in a woolshed or shearing shed

“farm horse,” 1596 (in “Merchant of Venice”), probably from diminutive form of Dob (early 13c.), common Middle English familiar form of masc. proper name Robin or Robert; personal name applied to a horse.

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