A mysterious or shy person who unexpectedly turns out to be the best at something.

Popularly used to describe a man who may not initially catch a lady’s attention but is then unpredictably, completely charming (and, if the lady really hits the jackpot, is fantastic in bed). Due to the element of surprise, a dark horse can often beguile even the most beautiful and intelligent ladies into bed.
‘You got Lizzie into bed? Damn, you’re a dark horse man. We’ve all been trying for months’
بواسطة MJ79 مارس 7, 2006
Not the main favored candidate. Someone somewhat unkown who exceeds expectations of all others in an event. This saying is said to go back to the Victorian politician Benjamin Disraeli who, apart from finding time to regularly become Prime Minister, also found time to write a novel called "The Young Duke". In the book there is a description of a horse race in which the two favourites cannot make the running. In the meanwhile "a dark horse...rushed past the grandstand in a sweeping triumph".
Georgia Tech was a dark horse in the 2004 NCA basketball tournament.
بواسطة King مايو 6, 2005
Darkhorse is a person who everyone expects to be last in a race.
Think of it this way. The person who looks like he can never get laid defies the odds and gets any girl he can by being sly,shy and cunning. Although he's not a player, he can really charm the ladies.
Darkhorse: Hi!
Lady: Hello! How are you?
Darkhorse: Good, yea. Haha. Where're you from?
Lady: Oh. Just take me now baby.

did you see that guy! I never thought such a nerdy looking boy could get that chick! That guy is definately a darkhorse.
بواسطة Claz ابريل 16, 2005
Something/someone you wouldn't expect to win but they could. The first defitinition on UD is correct, but the term can also be used to refer to sports teams.

Basically in reference to, lets say Ohio State in the 2010 NCAA March Madness Bracket challenge. Most people are not expecting Ohio State to win or be in the final four, but it's posibly they could pop up and win, or at the least make a finalfour appearance.
George predicted 4 teams he thought would be in the final four, but also figured that Ohio State would be the darkhorse of the 2010 Brackets if there was one.

"I think Kansas, Syracuse, Kentucky and Duke will be in the final four, and if there is a darkhorse I think it could be Ohio State"
بواسطة RickJamesBC مارس 19, 2010
a person or team that is no likely to win but may do so anyway
A dark horse like that could have dealt a major blow to your credibility.
بواسطة The Return of Light Joker ابريل 17, 2010
To Dark-Horse (verb)

To act in a sly or secretive manner, rarely letting others know what you're doing, where you're going, or who you're going with.

Being a very shady character, and being quite quiet are essential to perfecting this action.

A good poker-face is obligatory, of course.
I saw Ryan buy 4 different cards for Valentines Day, he is such a Dark-Horse, i never know what he's up to.
بواسطة Herr Gilbert فبراير 14, 2012
1. A hit song by Katy Perry
2. Someone supposed to bring about the apocalypse
3. Someone who is unnoticed but shocks everyone with a great performance.
When he won at Watkins Glen, AJ Allmendinger went from dark horse to recognized road course specialist.
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