- noun a breed of heavy draught horse, originating in Scotland. It is brown or black in colour, with a mass of white ‘feathers’ at the feet.
- noun an attractive male. A humorous term of the late 1980s based on the supposed suggestion of heroic WASP maledom inherent in the Christian names ‘Clyde’ and ‘Dale’. The word, which probably originated on the streets (‘Clyde’ was used by hipsters in the 1950s to categorise an archetypal square), was used by Valley Girls and preppies among others from the early 1980s. (The literal meaning of Clydesdale is a form of large, handsome, pedigree horse; strong, hardworking and enormously expensive.).