bareback

adverb or adjective

bare·​back ˈber-ˌbak How to pronounce bareback (audio)
variants or barebacked
: on the bare back of a horse : without a saddle
likes riding bareback
bareback riding

Examples of bareback in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web However, one of them, bareback rider Kaycee Feild of Spanish Fork, has a gold medal. Julie Jag, The Salt Lake Tribune, 26 July 2022 From paddling an aqua blue lagoon in the shadow of a dormant volcano to riding a horse bareback through the sea to a small island, here’s to skipping packed beach scenes for local-helmed experiences and new discoveries. The Editors, Outside Online, 3 Feb. 2022 The July 3 running of the Palio, where jockeys ride bareback three times around Siena’s Piazza del Campo, has been canceled due to coronavirus restrictions. Eric Sylvers, WSJ, 2 June 2021 Ten jockeys ride bareback, attired in the colors of the city’s contrade, or wards. New York Times, 1 Dec. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1562, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bareback was in 1562

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“Bareback.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bareback. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

bareback

adverb or adjective
bare·​back ˈba(ə)r-ˌbak How to pronounce bareback (audio)
ˈbe(ə)r-
variants or barebacked
: on the bare back of a horse : without a saddle
rode bareback
bareback riding

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