buck·​a·​roo | \ˌbə-kə-ˈrü, ˈbə-kə-ˌ\
variants: or less commonly buckeroo
plural buckaroos also buckeroos

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cowboy, cowhand, cowman, cowpoke, cowpuncher, waddy (or waddie) [West], wrangler

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Examples of buckaroo in a Sentence

a rip-roaring buckaroo of the Old West

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This One Mistake Can Send Home Buyers Running So, should every home be listed for a single buckaroo? Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "The Brilliant Thinking Behind Oklahoma’s Viral $1 Home," 15 May 2018 Buckaroos are skilled equestrians hired to move cows for ranchers, mainly in northern California, Idaho, Oregon and parts of Washington. Tim Woodward, idahostatesman, "Documenting the buckaroo way of life," 8 June 2017

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First Known Use of buckaroo

1827, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for buckaroo

probably by folk etymology from Spanish vaquero, from vaca cow, from Latin vacca — more at vaccine

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