Learned borrowing from Ancient Greek ἱππικός (hippikós, “relating to horses or horse-riding”) + English -ic (suffix forming adjectives with the sense ‘of or pertaining to’ from nouns). Ἱππικός is derived from ἵππος (híppos, “horse”) (ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *h₁éḱwos (“horse; stallion”), probably from Proto-Indo-European *h₁eḱ- (“horse; swift (?)”)) + -ῐκός (-ikós, suffix forming adjectives with the sense ‘of or pertaining to’ from nouns).
- (Received Pronunciation, General American) IPA(key): /ˈhɪpɪk/
Audio (Southern England) (file)
- Rhymes: -ɪpɪk
- Hyphenation: hipp‧ic
- Relating to horses or horse-riding.
- (humorous, dated) Relating to horse racing. [chiefly 19th c.]